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Astronomy Education Review
written by Kathryn E. Williamson and Shannon Willoughby
Twenty-four free-response questions were developed to explore introductory college astronomy students' understanding of gravity in a variety of contexts, including in and around Earth, throughout the solar system, and in hypothetical situations. Questions were separated into three questionnaires, each of which was given to a section of introductory college astronomy with 143, 137, and 32 respondents, respectively. Combined with 15 interviews, the exploratory, open-response format allowed themes to emerge naturally, with both documented and undocumented misconceptions observed. The breadth of questions allowed for descriptions of possible student mental frameworks, including alternative models and misapplication of the scientific model.
Astronomy Education Review: Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 1-26
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Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
= Education Research
- Fundamentals
= Gravity
Education Foundations
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2012 The American Astronomical Society
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10.3847/AER2011025
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K. Williamson and S. Willoughby, Astron. Educ. Rev. 11 (1), 1 (2012), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2011025).
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K. Williamson and S. Willoughby, Student Understanding of Gravity in Introductory College Astronomy, Astron. Educ. Rev. 11 (1), 1 (2012), <http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2011025>.
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Williamson, K., & Willoughby, S. (2012, December 1). Student Understanding of Gravity in Introductory College Astronomy. Astron. Educ. Rev., 11(1), 1-26. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2011025
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Williamson, Kathryn E., and Shannon Willoughby. "Student Understanding of Gravity in Introductory College Astronomy." Astron. Educ. Rev. 11, no. 1, (December 1, 2012): 1-26, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2011025 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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Williamson, Kathryn E., and Shannon Willoughby. "Student Understanding of Gravity in Introductory College Astronomy." Astron. Educ. Rev. 11.1 (2012): 1-26. 13 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2011025>.
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