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Perspectives on astronomy: probing Norwegian pre-service teachers and middle school students
written by Christine Lindstrøm, Vinesh Rajpaul, Morten Brendehaug, and Megan C. Engel
We report on ongoing work to gain insight into the astronomy knowledge and perspectives of pre-service teachers and middle school students in Norway. We carefully adapted and translated into Norwegian an existing instrument, the Introductory Astronomy Questionnaire (IAQ); we administered this adapted IAQ to (i) pre- service teachers at the largest teacher education institution in Norway, and (ii) students drawn from eight middle schools in Oslo, in both cases before and after astronomy instruction. Amongst our preliminary findings--based on an analysis of both free-response writing and multiple-choice responses--was that when prompted to provide responses to hypothetical students, the pre-service teachers exhibited a marked drop in pedagogical responses pre- to post-instruction, with corresponding shifts towards more authoritative responses. We also identified potentially serious issues relating to middle school students' conceptions of size and distances in the universe, with significant stratification along gender lines.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 195-198
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Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
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= Education Research
- Cosmic Time and Distance
= Distance Scales
Education - Applied Research
- Teacher Preparation
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Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Communication
- Sample Population
= Instructor: Pre-service
- Upper Undergraduate
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= Research study
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C. Lindstrøm, V. Rajpaul, M. Brendehaug, and M. Engel, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13869&DocID=4287).
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C. Lindstrøm, V. Rajpaul, M. Brendehaug, and M. Engel, Perspectives on astronomy: probing Norwegian pre-service teachers and middle school students, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13869&DocID=4287>.
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Lindstrøm, C., Rajpaul, V., Brendehaug, M., & Engel, M. (2015, July 29-30). Perspectives on astronomy: probing Norwegian pre-service teachers and middle school students. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved July 3, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13869&DocID=4287
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Lindstrøm, C, V. Rajpaul, M. Brendehaug, and M. Engel. "Perspectives on astronomy: probing Norwegian pre-service teachers and middle school students." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13869&DocID=4287 (accessed 3 July 2020).
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Lindstrøm, Christine, Vinesh Rajpaul, Morten Brendehaug, and Megan Engel. "Perspectives on astronomy: probing Norwegian pre-service teachers and middle school students." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 195-198 of PER Conference. 3 July 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13869&DocID=4287>.
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