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Astronomy Education: A Selective Bibliography


6. K-12 Astronomy Education

Atwood, R. & V. "Preservice Elementary Teachers' Conceptions of the Causes of the Seasons" in Journal of Research in Science Teaching, vo. 33, p. 553 (1996).
Research on what student teachers believe.

Bishop, J. "Astronomy Learning and Student Thinking" in Mercury, Mar/Apr. 1996, p. 16.
An award-winning teacher discusses how research in student reasoning informs her work.

Bruning, D. "Astronomy in the Classroom: Building Astronomy's Future" in Astronomy, Sep. 1993, p. 40.
Describes a number of K-12 projects in astronomy education.

Carruthers, G. "Outreach Programs for African-American Students in Washington D.C." in Mercury, May/June 1995, p. 29.
An African-American astronomer reports on ways he has found to become involved with education in his community at many levels.

Coyle, H. "The Universe in the Student's Mind" in Mercury, May/June 1994, p. 28.
On Project STAR to improve astronomy teaching in high school through hands-on activities.

Gutierrez, P., et al. "Science in the Bilingual Classroom" in Mercury, Jul/Aug. 1996, p. 29.
One of three articles in this issue on teaching astronomy for those for whom English is not their first language.

Klein A. "Children's Concepts of Earth and Sun: A Cross-Cultural Study" in Science Education, vol. 65, no. 1, p. 95 (1982).

Larsen, K. "That Personal Touch" in Mercury, May/June 1997, p. 19.
Addresses the issue of whether local or leveraged efforts by astronomers are most effective in helping students.

Lebofsky, N. "A Skunk is in the Sky, or Is It a Plow?" in Science Scope, Mar. 1994, p. 26.
Activities from Project ARTIST for lower grades using sky mythology.

Levy, D. "Project ARTIST" in Sky & Telescope, June 1994, p. 98.
On the innovative curriculum and teacher training project at the U. of Arizona.

Lightman, A. & Sadler, P. "The Earth is Round? Who Are You Kidding?" in Science and Children, Feb. 1988, p. 24.
On studies of how children reason and learn.

Lockwood, J. "Latching on to the Whirlwind: The Changing Face of Astronomy Education" in Mercury, Mar/Apr. 1993, p. 56.
On several innovative projects.

MacRobert, A. "Astronomy with a $5 Telescope" in Sky & Telescope, Apr. 1990, p. 384.
On the Project STAR telescope kit and activities you can do with it.

Olson, S. "Raising Astronomers" in Astronomy, Dec. 1997, p. 78.
Looks at research about and projects to help the teaching of astronomy in elementary school. (An expanded version appears in Teacher magazine, Feb. 1998, p. 24.)

Richter, J. & Fraknoi, A. "Matches Made in the Heavens: Project ASTRO" in Mercury, Sep/Oct. 1994, p. 24.
Fostering partnerships between professional and amateur astronomers and 4th-9th grade teachers.

Richter, J. & Fraknoi, A. Project ASTRO How-to-Manual for Teachers and Astronomers. 1996, Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
A step-by-step guide to successful partnerships between astronomers and K-12 teachers.

Schatz, D. "Education Reform: Implications for the Teaching of Astronomy (K-12)" in Percy, J., ed. Astronomy Education: Current Developments, Future Coordination. 1996, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 89.
Reviews the National Science Education Standards and what they say to those who teach astronomy.

Sneider, C. & Pulos, S. "Children's Cosmographies: Understanding the Earth's Shape and Gravity" in Science Education, vol. 67, p. 205 (1983).

Treagust, D. & Smith, C. "Secondary Students' Understanding of Gravity & the Motions of the Planets" in School Science & Mathematics, vol. 89, p. 380 (1989).

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7. A Few Selected Articles on K-12 Science Education Reform

Beardsley, T. "Teaching Real Science" in Scientific American, Oct. 1992, p. 98.

Bowers, J. "Scientists and Science Education Reform: Myths, Methods, and Madness" in Science Educators and National Standards (1994, Sigma Xi). Available on the World Wide Web at:

Lederman, L. "Blackboard Bungle" in The Sciences, Jan/Feb. 1995, p. 16.
A Nobel-prize winning physicist reflects on his reform efforts in the Chicago schools.

Raloff, J. "Minds-on Science" in Science News, vol. 149, p. 72 (Feb. 3, 1996).

Schultz, T. "Science Education Through the Eyes of a Physicist" available on the World Wide Web at:

Watson, B. & Konicek, R. "Teaching for Conceptual Change: Confronting Children's Experience" in Phi Delta Kappan, May 1990, p. 680.

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8. Astronomy Education at Planetaria & Museums

Norton, O. "Will Planetariums Become Extinct?" in Sky & Telescope, Dec. 1985, p. 534.
On the history and current state of planetaria in the U.S.

O'Meara, S. "The Worlds' Largest Solar System Scale Model" in Sky & Telescope, July 1993, p. 99. At the Lakeview Museum in Peoria, IL. (See an update in the March 1998 issue, p. 80, on a wide range of such models.)

O'Meara, S. "Clear Skies Guaranteed" in Sky & Telescope, Oct. 1996, p. 84.
Using a traveling portable planetarium for education.

Petersen, C. "There's No Place Like Dome" in Sky & Telescope, Sep. 1989, p. 255.
On astronomy education at several planetaria and science centers.

Sneider, C., et al. Planetarium Activities for Student Success. 1990-4, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
Multi-volume series of booklets of activities and resources for small planetaria.

Sunal, D. "Analysis of Research on the Educational Uses of a Planetarium" in Journal of Research in Science Teaching, vol. 13, no. 4, p. 345 (1977).

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