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From ‘having a day’ to doing astronomy: Supporting families learning together
written by Luke D. Conlin and Megan R. Luce
Families are an important context for learning astronomy, one that researchers on astronomy teaching and learning have largely overlooked. At public observatories, families have an opportunity to learn both the substance and practices of astronomy together. However, the typical structure of public observations (one visitor looking through a telescope while an expert explains what they see) creates tension with families engaging in the disciplinary practice of building disciplined perception through collaborative sensemaking. In this paper, we report on a preliminary study in which a family pilot tested new activities to encourage collaborative sensemaking. Key factors that supported the family's collaborative learning include (1) Using activities that shift authority and control to each member of the family, (2) Having a variety of activities that can be deployed at strategic times rather than a fixed schedule, and (3) Being responsive to the family dynamics, including the emotional needs of each family member.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 87-91
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
= Education Research
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material Design
= Activity
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Sample Population
= Age
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Informal Education
- Middle School
- Elementary School
- Reference Material
= Research study
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L. Conlin and M. Luce, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15464&DocID=5312).
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L. Conlin and M. Luce, From ‘having a day’ to doing astronomy: Supporting families learning together, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15464&DocID=5312>.
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Conlin, L., & Luce, M. (2020, July 22-23). From ‘having a day’ to doing astronomy: Supporting families learning together. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15464&DocID=5312
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Conlin, Luke, and Megan R. Luce. "From ‘having a day’ to doing astronomy: Supporting families learning together." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15464&DocID=5312 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Conlin, Luke, and Megan R. Luce. "From ‘having a day’ to doing astronomy: Supporting families learning together." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 87-91 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15464&DocID=5312>.
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