Teaching and Learning Astronomy: Effective Strategies for Educators Worldwide

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 2, 2009 - Science - 284 pages
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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Part I Astronomy in the curriculum around the world 7
Part II Astronomy education research
Part III Educating students
Part IV Educating teachers
Part V Astronomy and pseudoscience
Part VI Astronomy and culture
Part VII Astronomy in developing countries
Part VIII Public outreach in astronomy
Part IX The education programs of the International Astronomical Union
Part X Conclusions
Author index
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Jay Pasachoff is a Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and President of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Education and Development.

John Percy is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and of Science Education, at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a past President of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Education and Development.

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