Research on Teaching Astronomy in the Planetarium

  • Timothy F. Slater
  • Coty B. Tatge

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Astronomy book series (BRIEFSASTRON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Timothy F. Slater, Coty B. Tatge
    Pages 1-27
  3. Timothy F. Slater, Coty B. Tatge
    Pages 29-52
  4. Timothy F. Slater, Coty B. Tatge
    Pages 53-73
  5. Timothy F. Slater, Coty B. Tatge
    Pages 75-100
  6. Timothy F. Slater, Coty B. Tatge
    Pages 101-125
  7. Timothy F. Slater, Coty B. Tatge
    Pages 127-128
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 129-131

About this book


From a noted specialist in astronomy education and outreach, this Brief provides an overview of the most influential discipline-based science education research literature now guiding contemporary astronomy teaching. In recent years, systematic studies of effective and efficient teaching strategies have provided a solid foundation for enhancing college-level students’ learning in astronomy. Teaching astronomy and planetary science at the college-level was once best characterized as professor-centered, information-download lectures. Today, astronomy faculty are striving to drastically improve the learning environment by using innovative teaching approaches.  Uniquely, the authors have organized this book around strands of commonly employed astronomy teaching strategies to help readers, professors, and scholars quickly access the most relevant work while, simultaneously, avoiding the highly specialized, technical vocabulary of constructivist educational pedagogies unfamiliar to most astronomy professors. For readers who are currently teaching astronomy at the college level—or those who plan on teaching at the college level in the future—this Brief provides an indispensable guide.


Astronomy Lecture College-level Astronomy Pedagogy Astronomy Professor Guide Astronomy Teaching Strategies College Level Astronomy Approaches Constructivist Educational Theory in Astronomy Practical Advice for Teaching Astronomy Science Education Theory Syllabus for College Astronomy Course Theories of Astronomy Education

Authors and affiliations

  • Timothy F. Slater
    • 1
  • Coty B. Tatge
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WyomingLaramieUSA
  2. 2.University of WyomingLaramieUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57200-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57202-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-9100
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-9119
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