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Abstract Title: Impacts of a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience in Introductory Astronomy Using Robotic Telescopes
Abstract: As part of a general education undergraduate astronomy course at a minority-serving university in the Midwestern US, students completed an observing project with the Global Telescope Network where they participated in realistic practices used by professional astronomers, including proposal writing and peer review. This study investigates students' experiences and perceived impacts of participation in the project. The data analyzed includes an essay assignment [N = 59] administered over seven semesters and individual interviews [N = 8] collected over two semesters. These data were coded iteratively into nine categories. We find that students expressed an overall strong positive affect, increased perception of self-efficacy, enjoyment of the experience of peer review, an appreciation for being able to use real scientific tools and to take on the role of astronomers, as well as a small number of dislikes such as real-world constraints on observing.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B14

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kimberly Coble
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
TH 334
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 773-203-5363
and Co-Presenter(s)
Archana Dobaria (San Francisco State University), Alejandra Le (Chicago State University), Kevin M. McLin (San Francisco State University), Lynn R. Cominsky(Sonoma State University)