This Primer informs and motivates instructors who want to study the teaching and learning of astronomy. It provides fruitful research designs, effective data collection, as well as analysis strategies. Giving users a grounding in the basic concepts, it then points them to sources of more detailed information.
JANELLE M. BAILEY Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona's Department of Teaching and Teacher Education, where she studied undergraduates' conceptual understanding of stars and star properties. STEPHANIE J. SLATER Director of Research for the Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research (CAPER) Team (University of Wyoming, USA), where her research focuses on student conceptual understanding as influenced by students' spatial reasoning abilities and cognitive load, and inquiry-based curriculum development with a particular emphasis on preparing future teachers. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona in the Department of Teaching and Teacher Education, where she studied the educational nature of undergraduate research experiences for science majors in science career pathways. TIMOTHY F. SLATER Professor at the University of Wyoming, USA,where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. He is an author on nearly 100 refereed articles and eight books, is the winner of numerous awards, and is frequently an invited speaker on improving teaching of science through educational research and improving teacher education.
Foreword Preface How to Use this Book Introduction: Why Does a Scientist Need to Read a Book about (Education) Research? Research Design: The QUESTION is the Thing Big Ideas to Start With: What Do We Already Know about Teaching and Learning? Quantitative Methods: Show Me the Numbers Qualitative and Interpretive Methods: Revealing Understanding Publishing: We Celebrate Galileo Because He Bothered to Write it Down Evaluation and Action Research: Investigations with Different Purposes Wrapping It Up: Where Do We Go From Here? References Appendices Test of Astronomy Standards (TOAST) Instrument Attitudes Toward Science Inventory (ATSI) Research Involving Human Subjects (IRB)
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