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Other

Description:

We conducted post-instructional interviews with seventeen undergraduates from a general-science level astronomy class. Each interview lasted about fifteen-minutes, and students responded with a mix of verbal and graphical responses. The interview topics included roles of telescopes in astronomy, sources and properties of astronomical light, the relative importance of a telescope's magnification and light gathering ability, and light pollution. We concluded that students posses only a loose set of ideas regarding optical telescopes and visible astronomical light; however some potential common (mis)conceptualizations emerged.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

NSDL,Education Foundations,Undergraduate (Lower Division),astronomical telescopes,Space Science,visible spectra,Physics Education Research,General Physics,Graduate/Professional,Alternative Conceptions,Undergraduate (Upper Division),oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003064847919T,teaching,Astronomy,Higher Education,Education Research,PERC 2003,student experiments,astronomy,Physics,alternative conceptions,Education,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Astronomy Education

Language:

English

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