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Abstract Title: Probing Student Understanding of Cosmology
Abstract: Recently, powerful new observations and advances in computation and visualization have led to a revolution in our understanding of the origin, evolution and structure of the universe. These gains have been vast, but their impact on education has been limited. At Chicago State (CSU), we are implementing new inquiry-based instructional materials in our astronomy lab course. We are researching the effectiveness of these materials, focusing on student understanding of cosmology. As part of a collaborative effort with the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Sonoma State (SSU) to develop a cosmological subject inventory, we administered an open-ended survey prior to instruction and conducted student interviews using the survey.  Students taking the CSU course were also required to write a guided essay on their beliefs about cosmology. We have collected open-ended post-test data through student exams.  Preliminary results regarding student misconceptions in cosmology and student attitudes toward inquiry will be presented.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Geraldine Cochran
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773-995-2172
Fax: 919-802-0884
and Co-Presenter(s)
Donna Larrieu, Kim Coble; Chicago State University
Janelle Bailey, Roxanne Sanchez; University of Nevada Las Vegas
Lynn Cominsky, Kevin McLin; Sonoma State University