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    • Designing Effective Astronomy Outreach Activities Based on Education Researchwww.cita.utoronto.ca/~linda/eduresearch.pdf Linda Strubbe CITA (Toronto) Member of OAD TF 2
    • Designing Effective Astronomy Outreach Activities Based on Education Research• Have clear goals for our outreach• Evaluate how well we are achieving our goals• Teach questioning and thinking, not just content www.cita.utoronto.ca/~linda/eduresearch.pdf Linda Strubbe
    • Starting Teaching Principle: What outcomes are we looking to achieve?Backward Design: Goals First! Scientific What do we want to students to know / understand? Content Learning Scientific What do we want students to be able to do? Process Skills Goals Scientific How do we want students to feel about Attitudes science / education in general / life?Design Activity to Support Goals Revise activity accordingly Try out activity Assess how well learners achieve goals during activity Teach (formative) Then repeat / Assess how well activity document / learners achieve goals in the field after activity share activity! (summative)
    • What outcomes are we looking to achieve? Scientific What do we want to students to know / understand? Content Scientific What do we want students to be able to do? Process Skills Scientific How do we want students to feel about Attitudes science / education in general / life?• observing, questioning, analytical thinking• desire to pursue their education Remember learnersʼ background
    • Starting Teaching Principle: What outcomes are we looking to achieve?Backward Design: Goals First! Scientific What do we want to students to know / understand? Content Learning Scientific What do we want students to be able to do? Process Skills Goals Scientific How do we want students to feel about Attitudes science / education in general / life?Design Activity to Support Goals Revise activity accordingly Try out activity Assess how well learners achieve goals during activity Teach (formative) Then repeat / Assess how well activity document / learners achieve goals in the field after activity share activity! (summative)
    • References / Suggested Reading: Chinn C. A., & Malhotra, B. A. 2002, Epistemologically Authentic Inquiry in Schools: A Theoretical Framework for Evaluating Inquiry Tasks, Science Education, 86, 175 National Research Council (NRC) 2000, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press). National Research Council (NRC) 2007, "Chapter 2: Four Strands of Science Learning." Ready, Set, SCIENCE!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms. (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press). Wiggins G., & McTighe, J. 2005, Understanding by Design. (Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).www.cita.utoronto.ca/~linda/eduresearch.pdf
    • Designing Effective Astronomy Outreach Activities Based on Education Research• Have clear goals for our outreach• Evaluate how well we are achieving our goals• Teach questioning and thinking, not just content www.cita.utoronto.ca/~linda/eduresearch.pdf Linda Strubbe