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Teaching and Learning Astronomy

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Teaching and Learning Astronomy

Editor: Pasachoff, Jay
 Williams College, Massachusetts

Editor: Percy, John
 University of Toronto

Description: Astronomy is taught in schools worldwide, but few schoolteachers have any background in astronomy or astronomy teaching, and available resources may be insufficient or non-existent. This volume highlights the many places for astronomy in the curriculum; relevant education research and 'best practice'; strategies for pre-service and in-service teacher education; the use of the Internet and other technologies; and the role that planetariums, observatories, science centres, and organisations of professional and amateur astronomers can play. The special needs of developing countries, and other under-resourced areas are also highlighted. The book concludes by addressing how the teaching and learning of astronomy can be improved worldwide. This valuable overview is based on papers and posters presented by experts at a Special Session of the International Astronomical Union.

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First Author: Pasachoff, Jay
Title: Teaching and Learning Astronomy
ISBN-13 / EAN-Number: 9780521842624
ISBN-10: 052184262X
Binding: Hardback
RRP: GBP 80
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Subject:
astrophysics

Level:
teachers

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Review:
… its contents come from many authors speaking on many topics with diverse writing styles and levels. … included subjects range from sources for astronomy educational research articles to how to deal with pseudoscience. The authors speak on novel classroom activities unique to their location, and they talk about national and international studies. … What makes this book special is the care that has gone into articulating why astronomy education is important and why it is necessary to better train and support preservice and in-service science teachers. … This book is a must-have for anyone working to add astronomy to any curriculum or to persuade funders to invest in science education. … This isn't a beginner's book on astronomy education, but it is a book that will give the experienced astronomy educator some novel activities, new resource lists, and well-argued reasons to introduce astronomy to as many minds as possible.' Astronomy Education Review

'The editors … are enthusiastic and prolific writers … and this book is a well presented collection of papers, posters and discussions highlighting the importance of astronomy in national curricula from primary to tertiary level. … an in-depth, well argued and persuasive text which I would hope could be essential reading for any with a remit in science education and particularly curriculum advisers and policy makers in national education. For others this is a reassuring read, seeing that internationally the importance of astronomy education is being realised.' Astronomy Now

'The papers presented highly interesting accounts of work in progress or critical reviews of past efforts and form a valuable resource of astronomical education. The sectional editorials are full of wisdom and good sense. … [The contributors have] provided a service for all who are working to promote and improve astronomical education.' The Observatory

 

 

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