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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/607998
Title:
CELESTIAL NAVIGATION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Authors:
Bell, Carroll W.
Abstract:
There Is a felt need among many high school students and edu­ catorsforspecialinteresttopics. Asyllabuswaswritten,designed to teach the student how to determine a position by celestial means. Thisisatopicwhichisnotcommonlytaughtinthehighschools. It is not included in the approved science textbooks nor in the approved curricula. Thissyllabuswasintendedtoaugmentexistingcurricula andbeatopicforspecialinterestgroups. Itwasnotdesignedas a semester-long course in itself. Thesyllabuswaswrittenasafourteen-lessoncourse. Itin­ cluded the basic concepts and definitions of celestial navigation, operating procedures for the sextant, computational procedures for a solar sighting, star identification, computational procedures for stellarsightingsandplotting. Thesyllabuscapitalizedontheuse of a scientific apparatus, the sextant, which was introduced very earlyinthecourse. Thisfeaturecaptivatedtheinterestofthe student and held that interest through the following theory lessons. Each lesson was preceded by the specific objectives and succeeded by areview. Theobjectiveswerewritteninbehavioralterms. There­ views were of the programed instruction type or a problem, depending upon the material in the lesson. The syllabus was tested on 79 high school students in four different geographic areas by four different teachers. Fart of the classeswerevolunteers,partwerenot. Thestudentswerealmost equallydividedamongboysandgirls. Thestudent'sabilities ranged from high achiever to low achiever; ages ranged from 12 to 18 years. Itwasalsotestedononehighachieverstudentasaself- study program. In the opinion of the Instructors all 80 students performed satisfactorily and achieved the objectives of tile course as set down bytheinstructor. Insomecases,theoriginalobjectiveswere alteredslightly. Ineachcaseofalteration,itwastoamorereal­ istic objective for the particular circumstances prevailing. The syllabus was tested in a group of 31 public school science teachers. Theytoo,performedsatisfactorily. Itisassumedthat they can now teach celestial navigation from the syllabus. All instructors who have taught from the syllabus have reportedlt to be as good or better than any other book available on the subject. They found the programmed reviews to be particularly good as a learningaidforthestudent. Moststudentsindicatedalikingfor both the subject material and for the syllabus. It is recommended that this syllabus be made generally avail­ abletohigjhschools. Itisfurtherrecommendedthatotherscien­ tific projects be made available, in programmed instruction form, to the higjh schools.
Affiliation:
Texas A & M University
Issue Date:
1972
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/607998
Submitted date:
2015-09-24
Document Source:
Dissertation/Thesis
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Curriculum/Program Report or Description
Empirical Methodology:
Mixed Methods
Learning Environment:
Formal
Construct:
Content Knowledge
Content:
Celestial Navigation
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorBell, Carroll W.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T08:59:44Zen
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dc.date.issued1972en
dc.date.submitted2015-09-24en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/607998en
dc.description.abstractThere Is a felt need among many high school students and edu­ catorsforspecialinteresttopics. Asyllabuswaswritten,designed to teach the student how to determine a position by celestial means. Thisisatopicwhichisnotcommonlytaughtinthehighschools. It is not included in the approved science textbooks nor in the approved curricula. Thissyllabuswasintendedtoaugmentexistingcurricula andbeatopicforspecialinterestgroups. Itwasnotdesignedas a semester-long course in itself. Thesyllabuswaswrittenasafourteen-lessoncourse. Itin­ cluded the basic concepts and definitions of celestial navigation, operating procedures for the sextant, computational procedures for a solar sighting, star identification, computational procedures for stellarsightingsandplotting. Thesyllabuscapitalizedontheuse of a scientific apparatus, the sextant, which was introduced very earlyinthecourse. Thisfeaturecaptivatedtheinterestofthe student and held that interest through the following theory lessons. Each lesson was preceded by the specific objectives and succeeded by areview. Theobjectiveswerewritteninbehavioralterms. There­ views were of the programed instruction type or a problem, depending upon the material in the lesson. The syllabus was tested on 79 high school students in four different geographic areas by four different teachers. Fart of the classeswerevolunteers,partwerenot. Thestudentswerealmost equallydividedamongboysandgirls. Thestudent'sabilities ranged from high achiever to low achiever; ages ranged from 12 to 18 years. Itwasalsotestedononehighachieverstudentasaself- study program. In the opinion of the Instructors all 80 students performed satisfactorily and achieved the objectives of tile course as set down bytheinstructor. Insomecases,theoriginalobjectiveswere alteredslightly. Ineachcaseofalteration,itwastoamorereal­ istic objective for the particular circumstances prevailing. The syllabus was tested in a group of 31 public school science teachers. Theytoo,performedsatisfactorily. Itisassumedthat they can now teach celestial navigation from the syllabus. All instructors who have taught from the syllabus have reportedlt to be as good or better than any other book available on the subject. They found the programmed reviews to be particularly good as a learningaidforthestudent. Moststudentsindicatedalikingfor both the subject material and for the syllabus. It is recommended that this syllabus be made generally avail­ abletohigjhschools. Itisfurtherrecommendedthatotherscien­ tific projects be made available, in programmed instruction form, to the higjh schools.en
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dc.typeDissertation/Thesisen
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dc.type.resourceCurriculum/Program Report or Descriptionen
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