Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
xiv, 268 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Preface-- Part I. Astronomy in the Curriculum Around the World: Preface-- 1. Why astronomy is useful and should be included in the school curriculum John R. Percy-- 2. Astronomy and mathematics education Rosa M. Ros-- 3. Astronomy in the curriculum around the world-- 4. Engaging gifted science students through astronomy Robert Hollow-- 5. Poster highlights: astronomy in the curriculum around the world-- Part II. Astronomy Education Research: Preface-- 6. Astronomy education research down under John M. Broadfoot and Ian S. Ginns-- 7. A contemporary review of K-16 astronomy education research Janelle M. Bailey and Timothy F. Slater-- 8. Implementing astronomy education research Leonarda Fucili-- 9. The Astronomy Education Review: report on a new journal Sidney C. Wolff and Andrew Fraknoi-- 10. Poster highlights: astronomy education research-- Part III. Educating Students: Preface-- 11. Textbooks for K-12 astronomy Jay M. Pasachoff-- 12. Distance/internet astronomy education David H. McKinnon-- 13. Educating students with robotic telescopes - open discussion-- 14. Poster highlights - educating students-- Part IV. Educating teachers: Preface-- 15. Pre-service astronomy education of teachers Mary Kay Hemenway-- 16. In-service education of teachers Michele Gerbaldi-- 17. Poster highlights: educating teachers-- Part V. Astronomy and Pseudoscience: Preface-- 18. Astronomy, pseudoscience and rational thinking Jayant V. Narlikar-- 19. Astronomical pseudosciences in North America John R. Percy and Jay M. Pasachoff-- Part VI. Astronomy and Culture: Preface-- 20. Teaching astronomy in other cultures: archeoastronomy Julieta Fierro-- 21. Poster highlights: astronomy and culture-- Part VII. Astronomy in Developing Countries: Preface-- 22. Astronomy Curriculum for developing countries Case Rijsdijk-- 23. Science education resources for the developing countries James C. White II-- Part VIII. Public Outreach in Astronomy: Preface-- 24. What makes informal education programs successful? Nahide Craig and Isabel Hawkins-- 25. The role of science centers and planetariums Nick Lomb-- 26. Science education for the new century - a European perspective Claus Madsen-- 27. Communicating astronomy to the public Charles Blue-- 28. Poster highlights: public outreach in astronomy-- Part IX. The Education Programs of the IAU: Preface-- 29. A short overview of astronomical education carried out by the IAU Syuzo Isobe-- Part X. Discussion-- Index.
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Astronomy is taught in schools worldwide, but few schoolteachers have any background in astronomy or astronomy teaching, and available resources may be insufficient or non-existent. This volume highlights the many places for astronomy in the curriculum; relevant education research and 'best practice'; strategies for pre-service and in-service teacher education; the use of the Internet and other technologies; and the role that planetariums, observatories, science centres, and organisations of professional and amateur astronomers can play. The special needs of developing countries, and other under-resourced areas are also highlighted. The book concludes by addressing how the teaching and learning of astronomy can be improved worldwide. This valuable overview is based on papers and posters presented by experts at a Special Session of the International Astronomical Union. (source: Nielsen Book Data)