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Space Education and Exploration:
Astrosociology in the Classroom
Kathleen D. Toerpe, PhD
Deputy CEO-Public Outreach
and Ed...
What is Astrosociology?
• Multidisciplinary Field
• Formally organized in 2003 by Jim Pass
• Goal: Research astrosocial ph...
Astrosociological Frontier
• Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities –
underexplored in space education & STEM
programs
• Space-...
ARI’s Initiatives
Astrosociology in
the Classroom
Education & Outreach
Astrosociological
Insights
Quarterly newsletter
Jou...
Introduction To
Astrosociology
Astrosociology in the Classroom
Initiative
•College/professional level course
•Early career...
Competency-based
Astrosocial perspective
Multidisciplinary
Impact
Collaboration
Competencies
• Develop an astrosocial perspective
• Address challenges in space research, policy,
exploration & future pos...
Inquiry-driven
• Guiding Questions
• Real-life Case Studies
• Generate Deeper Questions
• Reveal Broader Connections
• Tap...
Learner-Centered
• Student-Directed
 Interests
 Goals
• Hands-on Participation
 Projects
 Discussions
 Team Activities
Collaborative
Physical
Sciences
Social
Sciences
ArtsHumanities
Critical & Creative Abilities
• Whole
Brain
• Reasoning
• Logic
• Imagination
• Wonder
Course Overview
Role of
Social
Sciences,
Arts &
Humanities
Why
Explore?
Space
&
Humanity
Impacts on
Earth
Exporting
Earth
...
Implementation
• Exploratory Needs Analysis
• Online Offerings
• Real-Time, Online Workshops
• Collaborative Formats with ...
Sample Lesson Module
Privatization and Commercialization of
Space Exploration
Some Major Guiding Questions
•What is the ro...
Sample Lesson – Module #7
Privatization and Commercialization of
Space Exploration
Linked Course Competencies
•Utilize an ...
Life
Technology Societies
Human
Science
Society
Humanity
Astrosociology
Continue the Discussion?
Jim Pass and Kathleen D. Toerpe
jpass@astrosociology.org
ktoerpe@astrosociology.org
@astrosociolo...
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Astrosociology in the Classroom - 100 Year Starship Symposium 2013 - Jim Pass and Kathleen D. Toerpe

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Absent from much current space education is instruction in the human dimension of space research and exploration. This slideshow addresses this gap with Introduction to Astrosociology, a competency-based, college and professional-level course, offering multidisciplinary instruction in the reciprocal relationship between outer space and human societies. Developed as part of the Astrosociology Research Institute's Astrosociology in the Classroom initiative, this course draws upon research in the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and the arts to facilitate student understanding of how space affects human societies right now and into the future. Course themes analyze political and social imperatives related to space, technology transfers, privatization of exploration, commercialization of space assets, planetary defense, discovery of non-Earth life, space tourism, law and medicine. Based in the emerging discipline of astrosociology, this course helps to prepare students and professionals alike for humanity's spacefaring future.

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  1. 1. Space Education and Exploration: Astrosociology in the Classroom Kathleen D. Toerpe, PhD Deputy CEO-Public Outreach and Education Astrosociology Research Institute © 2013 Jim Pass, PhD Chief Executive Officer 100 Year Starship Symposium 2013 Houston, TX
  2. 2. What is Astrosociology? • Multidisciplinary Field • Formally organized in 2003 by Jim Pass • Goal: Research astrosocial phenomena Human social, cultural, and behavioral patterns related to space • Research • Policy • Funding • Law • Medicine • Exploration • Settlement • Expectations • Beliefs and Values • New Life Forms
  3. 3. Astrosociological Frontier • Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities – underexplored in space education & STEM programs • Space-related issues - underexplored in social science, arts & humanities programs Astrosociology Research Institute •Created 2008 as a non-profit dedicated to . . .  Research  Education  Outreach . . . to explore the human dimension of outer space
  4. 4. ARI’s Initiatives Astrosociology in the Classroom Education & Outreach Astrosociological Insights Quarterly newsletter Journal of Astrosociology Refereed academic journal Astrosociology Reader Textbook and readings
  5. 5. Introduction To Astrosociology Astrosociology in the Classroom Initiative •College/professional level course •Early career or continuing education •Prepare for real-world challenges created by humans interacting with space •Formulate responses to those challenges
  6. 6. Competency-based Astrosocial perspective Multidisciplinary Impact Collaboration
  7. 7. Competencies • Develop an astrosocial perspective • Address challenges in space research, policy, exploration & future possible settlement • Assess impact of space activities on core institutions in society • Appreciate astrosociology as a multidisciplinary field • Collaborate with circle of stakeholders • Relate space to our astrosociological imagination
  8. 8. Inquiry-driven • Guiding Questions • Real-life Case Studies • Generate Deeper Questions • Reveal Broader Connections • Tapping Innate Curiosity
  9. 9. Learner-Centered • Student-Directed  Interests  Goals • Hands-on Participation  Projects  Discussions  Team Activities
  10. 10. Collaborative Physical Sciences Social Sciences ArtsHumanities
  11. 11. Critical & Creative Abilities • Whole Brain • Reasoning • Logic • Imagination • Wonder
  12. 12. Course Overview Role of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities Why Explore? Space & Humanity Impacts on Earth Exporting Earth Creating New Worlds New Worlds Old Problems Private Enterprise Tourism Law & Order Health & Well-being Risk, Safety & Order New Life Forms Planetary Defense Spacefaring Future Challenge & Possibility
  13. 13. Implementation • Exploratory Needs Analysis • Online Offerings • Real-Time, Online Workshops • Collaborative Formats with Schools • Flexible Start and Finish Dates • Customized Syllabi to Suit
  14. 14. Sample Lesson Module Privatization and Commercialization of Space Exploration Some Major Guiding Questions •What is the role of private individuals and organizations in space exploration? •What role do governments continue to have in space exploration through policy and law? •Who owns space? Should space be free to all? •How does the media reflect and influence our space priorities? •What is the role of crowdfunding (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc.) and Citizen Science in space exploration?
  15. 15. Sample Lesson – Module #7 Privatization and Commercialization of Space Exploration Linked Course Competencies •Utilize an astrosocial perspective to evaluate and address social issues and problems on Earth related to outer space. •Apply an astrosocial perspective to evaluate and address challenges in space research, policy, exploration and possible future extraterrestrial settlement. •Expand collaborative circle of stakeholders in space research, exploration, education and other activities to include scholars, practitioners and students of the social sciences, humanities and the arts. Module Learning Objectives •Evaluate the impact of private entrepreneurial and commercial initiatives on overall space research and exploration. •Analyze how governments spearhead space research and exploration through policy, legislation and funding (NASA, JAXA, ESA, etc.). •Explain the role of the mass media and crowd-sourced funding and research in influencing the direction and content of space research.
  16. 16. Life Technology Societies Human
  17. 17. Science Society Humanity Astrosociology
  18. 18. Continue the Discussion? Jim Pass and Kathleen D. Toerpe jpass@astrosociology.org ktoerpe@astrosociology.org @astrosociology @ktoerpe www.astrosociology.org Astrosociology . . . Exploring the human dimension of outer space
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