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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608149
Title:
Planetariums in K-12 Science Education
Authors:
Laatsch, Shawn
Abstract:
Planetariums in the K-12 schools systems and Universities are often the main resource in bringing astronomy and space science to students. In this panel discussion the author will discuss the role of smaller planetaria and the unique opportunities they can provide for students. These include individualized attention, live interactive programming, and on-site visits to schools and other educational groups. In the last few years the importance of astronomy in K-12 curricula has been challenged. School systems often rely only on state standards and teach very minimal astronomy to their students. These standards are often based on Project 2061: Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS 1993) and the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996). Both of these publications, while well intended, cut short the importance of fundamental astronomical concepts in the classroom. They often give only one of two minor indicators per level, and these in many cases miss the mark. For example, the grades 3-5 Benchmarks state "learning constellations is not important in itself" and "Once students have looked at the stars, moon, and planets...no particular educational value comes from memorizing their names or counting them." These statements emphasize process over content. Good science education needs both. What should be taught to students at the K-12 level in regards to astronomy? Is process more important than content? We will examine these question in detail during the panel discussions
Affiliation:
University of Louisville (KY)
Journal:
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue Date:
1-Jan-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608149
Submitted date:
2016-03-17
Document Source:
Grey Literature
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Curriculum/Program Report or Description
Learning Environment:
Formal
Research Setting:
Planetarium
Subjects:
Elementary Students Middle/Secondary School
Construct:
General Teaching Strategies
Content:
General/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Content
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorLaatsch, Shawnen
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T09:05:04Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T09:05:04Zen
dc.date.issued2004-01-01en
dc.date.submitted2016-03-17en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608149en
dc.description.abstractPlanetariums in the K-12 schools systems and Universities are often the main resource in bringing astronomy and space science to students. In this panel discussion the author will discuss the role of smaller planetaria and the unique opportunities they can provide for students. These include individualized attention, live interactive programming, and on-site visits to schools and other educational groups. In the last few years the importance of astronomy in K-12 curricula has been challenged. School systems often rely only on state standards and teach very minimal astronomy to their students. These standards are often based on Project 2061: Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS 1993) and the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996). Both of these publications, while well intended, cut short the importance of fundamental astronomical concepts in the classroom. They often give only one of two minor indicators per level, and these in many cases miss the mark. For example, the grades 3-5 Benchmarks state "learning constellations is not important in itself" and "Once students have looked at the stars, moon, and planets...no particular educational value comes from memorizing their names or counting them." These statements emphasize process over content. Good science education needs both. What should be taught to students at the K-12 level in regards to astronomy? Is process more important than content? We will examine these question in detail during the panel discussionsen
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dc.language.isoEnglish Paperen
dc.titlePlanetariums in K-12 Science Educationen
dc.typeGrey Literatureen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Louisville (KY)en
dc.identifier.journalAstronomical Society of the Pacificen
dc.type.resourceCurriculum/Program Report or Descriptionen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentFormalen
dc.istar.constructGeneral Teaching Strategiesen
dc.istar.contentGeneral/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Contenten
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.researchsettingPlanetariumen
dc.istar.subjectElementary Students Middle/Secondary Schoolen
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