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Learner-Centered Astronomy Teaching : Strategies for ASTRO 101

Learner-Centered Astronomy Teaching : Strategies for ASTRO 101 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0130466303

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Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2003
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Learner-Centered Astronomy Teaching : Strategies for ASTRO 101 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0130466303

Timothy F. Slater and Jeffrey P. Adams

ISBN13: 978-0130466303
ISBN10: 0130466301
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Strategies for Teaching ASTRO 101 is a guide for instructors of the introductory astronomy course for non-science majors. Written by two leaders in astronomy education research, the newest member of the Prentice Hall Education Innovative Series details various techniques to increase students' understanding and retention of astronomy topics, with an emphasis on making the lecture a forum for active student participation. Drawing from the large body of recent research to discover how students learn, this guide describes the application of multiple classroom-tested techniques to the task of teaching astronomy to predominantly non-science students.

Features

  • A variety of questions--Directed at the non-major student.
  • Provides instructors with questions that enable students at a variety of learning levels to test their knowledge.
  • Carefully planned sequence of topics.
  • Aids instructors in guiding students through the concepts and enables students to understand the 'big ideas' in astronomy.
  • A mix of teaching strategies.
  • Describes a range of options that instructors can adapt to their particular teaching situations.
  • Written for ASTRO 101 instructors.
  • Gives descriptions of instructional strategies specifically for large-lecture introductory astronomy courses for non-science majors.
  • Focus on deep conceptual learning.
  • Presents strategies for developing students' understanding of fundamental concepts and the 'big ideas' in astronomy.
  • Variety of resources.
  • Gives example student activities, conceptual questions, and other instructional resources in the appendices.

Author Bio

Slater, Timothy F. : University of Arizona


Adams, Jeffrey P. : Montana State University

Table of Contents

Foreword.
Preface.


1. Introduction.
2. Goals and Objectives.
3. Teaching for Understanding: Recent Results from Physics and Astronomy Education Research.
4. Designing an Effective Syllabus.
5. Lecturing for Active Participation.
6. Implementing Small-Group Collaborative Learning.
7. Strategies for Writing Effective Multiple-Choice Test Items.
8. Alternatives to Multiple-Choice Tests.
9. Course Evaluations: Finding Out What's Working...and What Isn't.
10. The Teaching Portfolio: Demonstrating Excellence in Teaching.


Appendix A: Seasonal Stars Lecture Tutorial.
Appendix B: Sample Think-Pair-Share Questions.
Appendix C: Astronomy Diagnostic Test.
Appendix D: Bloom's Taxonomy.
Appendix E: Collaborative Learning Tasks.
Appendix F: Sample Learning Objectives.
Appendix G: Attitude Survey.
Appendix H. Astronomy Education Research Annotated Bibliography.

References.

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