This qualitative study explores the pedagogical and curricular thinking of five professional astronomers, faculty at a university, about teaching the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram in introductory astronomy courses for non-science majors. Data sources for this study included two semi-structured interviews per participant, in which they were asked about teaching the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, as well as about the introductory course in general. In addition, participants were asked to complete four cognitive tasks; the creation of a lesson plan, a concept map on how they would like their students to think about the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram at the end of the course, a Pathfinder network rating task, and responding to stereotypical student statements regarding the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.... taking every studenta#39;s height and weight to create the diagram, he extended the analogy to also include different populations ... The classical is one between the Hummer and a Honda Civic, though the latter seems to be replaced now by theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Pedagogical and Curricular Thinking of Professional Astronomers Teaching the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram in Introductory Astronomy Courses for Non-science Majors|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2009|