home - login - register

Journal Article Detail Page

Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by David R. Gozzard and Marjan Zadnik
Introductory university astronomy courses have emerged as a powerful opportunity to improve science understanding, literacy, and appreciation of the scientific method to a wide range of future citizens and voters. Students in an introductory astronomy course were instructed to record and analyze their naked-eye astronomical observations over a semester (13 weeks). The effect this activity had on students' learning of basic astronomy concepts and attitudes towards astronomy and science were measured using an astronomy concept diagnostic test and attitudes survey administered at the start and at the end of the semester, and compared with a similar introductory astronomy course that did not include the observing assignment. The results suggest that the observing diary is a positive learning experience for the majority of students, and that completing this assessment assists in developing students' deeper engagement with astronomy and astronomy concepts. We recommend the use and assessment of observing diaries as an effective learning activity in introductory astronomy classes.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 010134
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
= Education Research
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Activity
- Learning Environment
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Methods
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Reference Material
= Research study
PER-Central Type Intended Users Ratings
- PER Literature
- Educators
- Administrators
- Researchers
  • Currently 0.0/5

Want to rate this material?
Login here!


Formats:
application/pdf
text/html
Access Rights:
Free access
License:
This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
Rights Holder:
American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010134
Keywords:
astronomy diary, astronomy identity, experiential learning, observation diary, observational journals, phenomenology, student attitudes
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created May 12, 2021 by Bruce Mason
Record Updated:
February 10, 2022 by Caroline Hall
Last Update
when Cataloged:
May 6, 2021
ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!

Record Link
AIP Format
D. Gozzard and M. Zadnik, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (1), 010134 (2021), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010134).
AJP/PRST-PER
D. Gozzard and M. Zadnik, Contribution of self-directed, naked-eye observations to students’ conceptual understanding and attitudes towards astronomy, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (1), 010134 (2021), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010134>.
APA Format
Gozzard, D., & Zadnik, M. (2021, May 6). Contribution of self-directed, naked-eye observations to students’ conceptual understanding and attitudes towards astronomy. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 17(1), 010134. Retrieved June 12, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010134
Chicago Format
Gozzard, David R., and Marjan Zadnik. "Contribution of self-directed, naked-eye observations to students’ conceptual understanding and attitudes towards astronomy." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17, no. 1, (May 6, 2021): 010134, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010134 (accessed 12 June 2024).
MLA Format
Gozzard, David R., and Marjan Zadnik. "Contribution of self-directed, naked-eye observations to students’ conceptual understanding and attitudes towards astronomy." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17.1 (2021): 010134. 12 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010134>.
BibTeX Export Format
@article{ Author = "David R. Gozzard and Marjan Zadnik", Title = {Contribution of self-directed, naked-eye observations to students’ conceptual understanding and attitudes towards astronomy}, Journal = {Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res.}, Volume = {17}, Number = {1}, Pages = {010134}, Month = {May}, Year = {2021} }
Refer Export Format

%A David R. Gozzard %A Marjan Zadnik %T Contribution of self-directed, naked-eye observations to students' conceptual understanding and attitudes towards astronomy %J Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. %V 17 %N 1 %D May 6, 2021 %P 010134 %U https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010134 %O application/pdf

EndNote Export Format

%0 Journal Article %A Gozzard, David R. %A Zadnik, Marjan %D May 6, 2021 %T Contribution of self-directed, naked-eye observations to students' conceptual understanding and attitudes towards astronomy %J Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. %V 17 %N 1 %P 010134 %8 May 6, 2021 %U https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.010134


Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.

Citation Source Information

The AIP Style presented is based on information from the AIP Style Manual.

The AJP/PRST-PER presented is based on the AIP Style with the addition of journal article titles and conference proceeding article titles.

The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.

The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.

The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.

Save to my folders

Contribute

Similar Materials