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Research Proposal / Assessment of Student Learning

Abstract

For this project, I analyze papers and essays from students in a general education course, Observational Foundations of Astronomy. Students were asked to construct arguments about whether ancient astronomers, who in many cases were also astrologers and priests, were scientists. I will present the results, with student definitions and examples. This should have implications for how we talk about science with our students across the curriculum.

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Presentation Session

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 29th, 4:00 PM Mar 29th, 5:00 PM

Assessing Astronomy Students’ Views about the Nature of Science

For this project, I analyze papers and essays from students in a general education course, Observational Foundations of Astronomy. Students were asked to construct arguments about whether ancient astronomers, who in many cases were also astrologers and priests, were scientists. I will present the results, with student definitions and examples. This should have implications for how we talk about science with our students across the curriculum.