The Impact of an Authentic Astronomy Programme on Students’ Understanding of and Attitudes Towards Science

Auriol Heary

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Abstract

Authentic science with achievable but challenging activities may be a suitable alternative to current pedagogies used to teach science, in particular, astronomy. Participating students designed and conducted an independent asteroid research project using remotely, a one-metre telescope. This research took the form of action research with a mixed method, case study methodology. An analysis of the quantitative data and the rich case studies showed that the authentic astronomy programme had a positive effect on students' conceptual understanding, attitude towards science and their capacity to work like a scientist. Students with different aptitudes for and attitudes to science experienced success.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date29 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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