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Miller, Scott T.; James, C. Renée – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2019
We present results of a two-semester study to gauge the impact of collaborative two-stage exams on student learning and attitudes in university-level introductory astronomy classes for non-science majors. In the collaborative two-stage exam setting, students first completed an exam individually, and then they reconsidered a subset of exam…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Group Testing, Introductory Courses, Astronomy
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Chastenay, Pierre; Riopel, Martin – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2019
Based on the results of an online survey of 500 Québec's elementary (K-6) teachers conducted in 2015 that probed the way respondents teach astronomy to their classrooms, their background in S&T, their pre-service education, their aims and goals for astronomy teaching, their attitude toward teaching astronomy, the resources and materials they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Astronomy, Science Instruction
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de Lima, Melina S.; de Amôres, Eduardo B.; Santos, José Vicente C.; Martin, Vera A. F. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
Various studies have noted current shortcomings in the teaching and learning of science in schools, and the results of large-scale tests show that despite heavy investment in education, Brazilians' understanding of science test scores typically fall short of what could be if students had a consistent, high-quality basic education. This article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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Cohen, Ariel – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
When teaching an introductory science survey course to college students learning astronomy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, we have devoted four hours to teaching the history of astronomy as a fruitful strategy to introduce important concepts surrounding the development of general scientific knowledge throughout history. In order to…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
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Arthurs, Leilani A.; Elwonger, Justin M. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
There is a growing need for public understanding about groundwater resources. Knowing what groundwater and aquifers are is fundamental to understanding more complex issues such as groundwater quality and availability. However, groundwater and related concepts are among the topics that instructors most struggle to teach. Although constructivist…
Descriptors: Water, College Students, Concept Formation, Earth Science
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Bartlett, Sophie; Fitzgerald, Michael T.; McKinnon, David H.; Danaia, Lena; Lazendic-Galloway, Jasmina – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
A new survey for measuring students' astronomy and science attitudes that has been validated for use with high school students (with a future intent to expand to middle school and university) is presented. We initially present a short review of instruments in the literature that attempt to measure attitudes in astronomy together with the…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Astronomy, College Students
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Chastenay, Pierre – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
To determine the extent of astronomy teaching in Quebec's schools, we conducted an online survey of 500 Québec's elementary (K-6) teachers between January and March 2015. With a 35-items questionnaire, we wanted to find out how these elementary teachers teach astronomy (or not) to their classrooms, what is their background in Science &…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Blake, Mel; McKee, James; Statom, Richard; Qiu, Chiong; Menapace, Francis – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
Micrometeorites originate from small pieces of rock from space colliding with the Earth's atmosphere at high velocity, such as the Perseid meteors which hit the atmosphere at 60 km/s. When they do so, they burn up, causing a flash of light that we see as a meteor. Many groups have been successful collecting these particles using various devices.…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Scientific Research, Data Collection, Astronomy
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Atkins, Rachel M.; McNeal, Karen S. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
Communicating climate information is challenging due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic along with compounding cognitive and affective learning challenges. Graphs are a common representation used by scientists to communicate evidence of climate change. However, it is important to identify how and why individuals on the continuum of…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Reading Processes, Climate, Graphs
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Zellner, Nicolle – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
An introductory Astronomy survey course is often taken to satisfy a college graduation requirement for non-science majors at colleges around the United States. In this course, material that can be broadly categorized into topics related to "the sky", "the Solar System", "the Galaxy", and "cosmology" is…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Nonmajors, Astronomy
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Guffey, Sarah Katie; Slater, Timothy F.; Slater, Stephanie J. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
Geoscience education researchers have considerable need for criterion-referenced, easy-to-administer, easy-to-score, conceptual surveys for undergraduates taking introductory science survey courses in order for faculty to monitor the learning impacts of innovative teaching. In response, this study establishes the reliability and validity of a…
Descriptors: Geology, Scientific Concepts, Science Tests, Undergraduate Students
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Palma, Christopher; Plummer, Julia; Rubin, KeriAnn; Flarend, Alice; Ong, Yann Shiou; McDonald, Scott; Ghent, Chrysta; Gleason, Timothy; Furman, Tanya – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
The nature of students' ideas about the scientific practices used by astronomers when studying objects in our Solar System is of widespread interest to discipline-based astronomy education researchers. A sample of middle-school, high-school, and college students (N = 42) in the U.S. were interviewed about how astronomers were able to learn about…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Scientists, Middle School Students, High School Students
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McKinnon, David H.; Danaia, Lena; Deehan, James – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
Over the past 20 years there have been numerous calls in Australia and beyond for extensive educational reforms to preservice teacher education in the sciences. Recommendations for science teacher education programs to integrate curriculum, instruction and assessment are at the forefront of such reforms. In this paper, we describe our scholarly…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Instructional Design
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Pundak, David; Liberman, Ido; Shacham, Miri – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
Considerable debate exists among discipline-based astronomy education researchers about how students change their perceptions in science and astronomy. The study questioned the development of astronomical models among students in institutions of higher education by examining how college students change their initial conceptual frameworks and…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, College Science
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Flohic, Hélène M. L. G. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
A common challenge among university professors is how to best design undergraduate courses to successfully enhance students' attitudes. To compare which curriculum was more efficient at fostering a positive attitude towards science in general, I studied the impact of two different general education science courses on the attitudes of college…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Astronomy, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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