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Abstract Title: Service Learning in Astronomy Education
Abstract: The basis of our research is to assess how a service learning component in a general education introductory astronomy class affects student learning. Service learning is a way in which information can be shared and have benefits for both the listener and teacher.  Students that have been learning about astronomy had the opportunity to teach others through general explanations, tutorials, and visual design created by the students themselves. The first portion of the service learning curriculum was teaching a group of local elementary school students and the second was presenting activities to the general public. This resulted in the students having a higher retention rate and amount of knowledge on the specified topic they had been teaching to others. We used Hake's normalized gain formula to quantify student learning. The average learning gain found was 0.20. We are still looking into other methods of quantifying our data.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A21

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Thomas Elliott
Humboldt State University
PO Box 978
Georgetown, CA 95634
Phone: 5303335480
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lauren Kaufman-Carlson, Humboldt State University
Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo, Humboldt State University