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A constructivist approach to the teaching & learning of astronomy

Hubber, Peter 2007, A constructivist approach to the teaching & learning of astronomy, in STAVCON 2007 : Proceedings of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria Conference, Science Victoria, Coburg, Vic., pp. 1-18.

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Title A constructivist approach to the teaching & learning of astronomy
Author(s) Hubber, Peter
Conference name Science Teachers' Association of Victoria Conference (2007 : Bundoora, Vic.)
Conference location Bundoora, Vic.
Conference dates 22-23 Nov. 2007
Title of proceedings STAVCON 2007 : Proceedings of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria Conference
Publication date 2007
Start page 1
End page 18
Publisher Science Victoria
Place of publication Coburg, Vic.
Summary Astronomy is one of the recurrent contemporary issues in the mass media where news related to comets, new stars, satellites, space tests, etc., frequently appear. Through this media presence students develop an interest in learning about aspects of astronomy. However, the information students gain from various sources, both inside and outside the classroom, doesn't often increase their knowledge about the most basic and common aspects of astronomy (Martinez Pena & Gil Quilez, 2001). Studies that have explored students' and teachers' understandings of astronomical concepts (Kalkan et al, 2007; Trumper, 2001) have found many alternative conceptions relating to basic astronomical processes such as day and night, the seasons, gravity and the relative distances between celestial objects.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category L2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)
Copyright notice ©2007, Science Victoria
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019304

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