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New Trends in Astronomy Teaching

New Trends in Astronomy Teaching

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139244176

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  • How do students learn astronomy? Can the World-Wide Web be used to teach effectively? In what ways do planetariums help with educating the public? These are just some of the timely questions addressed in this stimulating review of new trends in the teaching of astronomy. Based on an international meeting hosted by the University of London and the Open University (IAU Colloquium 162), this volume presents articles by experts from around the world. Teachers experienced in teaching astronomy at all levels, in Europe, North America, South America, South Africa, the former Soviet Union, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand provide a global perspective on: university education, distance learning and electronic media, how students learn, the planetarium in education, public education in astronomy, and astronomy in schools. The proceedings of the first IAU Colloquium (105), The Teaching of Astronomy, edited by Percy and Pasachoff, were first published by Cambridge in 1990 and soon became established as the definitive resource for astronomy teachers. Astronomy education has advanced enormously in the intervening seven years, and this sequel will inspire and encourage teachers of astronomy at all levels and provide them with a wealth of ideas and experience on which to build.

    • Sequel to the very successful proceedings from the first IAU Colloquium (105), The Teaching of Astronomy, edited by Percy and Pasachoff (CUP, 1990)
    • Examines the success of distance learning in astronomy - shows how this powerful education resource has become established world-wide in the last decade
    • Shows how students learn - presents the findings of recent research on student learning and their fundamental misconceptions in astronomy
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    'This perhaps must be at the top of any list of publications for our readers or anyone in the world of science teaching, education development, planetariums, and policy-making in the area of science teaching etc. at all levels … it holds together well as a book in its own right, and, being made up of short papers, is packed with information, and issues for further investigation and discussion … there is a wealth of practical experience, challenging problems, tips and wrinkles and new ideas in areas of education from university to primary schools, from public education, astro-navigation and planetarium, work through to specialist needs of handicapped people.' Richard Knox, GNOMON

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139244176
    • contains: 74 b/w illus. 36 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. University education
    2. Distance learning and electronic media in teaching astronomy
    3. The student learning process
    4. Planetarium education and training
    5. Public education in astronomy
    6. Teaching astronomy in schools
    Conclusion.

  • Editors

    L. Gouguenheim, Observatoire de Paris, Meudon

    D. McNally, University College London

    J. R. Percy, University of Toronto

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