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Astronomy Education Review
written by Eric Brunsell and Jason Marcks
A teacher's scientific understanding has a dramatic impact on students' ability to learn science. This article describes the results of administering the Astronomy Diagnostic Test (ADT) to 142 science teachers in Wisconsin during a week-long space science workshop conducted in 2002 by Space Education Initiatives. The ADT is a multiple-choice test that uses everyday language to determine the conceptual understanding of common astronomy topics. The overall results indicate that the teachers in this cohort lacked a deep, coherent understanding of astronomy concepts, most notably in the topic areas of cosmic scale, electromagnetic radiation, eclipses, origins of the Sun's energy, "weightlessness" in space, and position of the Sun in relation to other constellations. Implications for these results on professional development of in-service educators are suggested.
Astronomy Education Review: Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 38-46
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Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
= Education Research
- Cosmic Time and Distance
- Fundamentals
- Milky Way
- Solar System
- The Sun
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
- Sample Population
= Instructor: In-service
- Teacher Characteristics
= Content Knowledge
- Professional Development
- Middle School
- High School
- Elementary School
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.3847/AER2004015
Keywords:
astronomy assessment, astronomy content knowledge, diagnostic assessment, diagnostic test
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Metadata instance created February 11, 2022 by Adrian Madsen
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E. Brunsell and J. Marcks, , Astron. Educ. Rev. 3 (2), 38 (2009), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.3847/aer2004015).
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E. Brunsell and J. Marcks, Identifying A Baseline for Teachers’ Astronomy Content Knowledge, Astron. Educ. Rev. 3 (2), 38 (2009), <https://doi.org/10.3847/aer2004015>.
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Brunsell, E., & Marcks, J. (2009, January 16). Identifying A Baseline for Teachers’ Astronomy Content Knowledge. Astron. Educ. Rev., 3(2), 38-46. Retrieved October 2, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.3847/aer2004015
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Brunsell, Eric, and Jason Marcks. "Identifying A Baseline for Teachers’ Astronomy Content Knowledge." Astron. Educ. Rev. 3, no. 2, (January 16, 2009): 38-46, https://doi.org/10.3847/aer2004015 (accessed 2 October 2022).
MLA Format
Brunsell, Eric, and Jason Marcks. "Identifying A Baseline for Teachers’ Astronomy Content Knowledge." Astron. Educ. Rev. 3.2 (2009): 38-46. 2 Oct. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.3847/aer2004015>.
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