New Trends in Astronomy Teaching
How do students learn astronomy? How can the World-Wide Web be used to teach? And how 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. The proceedings of the first IAU Colloquium (105), The Teaching of Astronomy, edited by Percy and Pasachoff, were first published in 1990 and soon became established as the definitive resource for astronomy teachers. Astronomy education has advanced enormously in the intervening 7 years, and this sequel will inspire and encourage teachers of astronomy at all levels and provide them with wealth of ideas and experience on which to build.
- Electronic book text
- 11 May 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 74 b/w illus. 36 tables
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.
'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