Communicating Astronomy with Children

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Communicating Astronomy with Children

  1. 1. Communicating Astronomy with Children Thilina Heenatigala | @ThilinaH Universe Awareness | Institute of Mental Health (Sri Lanka)
  2. 2. Social Nature Nurture Culture Repetition
  3. 3. Objective: Identify Multidisciplinary Methods to Introduce Ideas to Chi ldren
  4. 4. 10 child edu/care centres ~100 children (with ~40 teachers) 4 groups (~25 children per group) 4-6 age group
  5. 5. Group 1: Numeric - 10% - Fact based without an understanding Group 2: Visuals - 80% - attracted to warm colours (red > yellow > white) Group 3: Scales - 30% - difficulty in identifying similar scales Group 4: Language - 40% - loosing the interest through repetition
  6. 6. K e y L e a r n i ngs :
  7. 7. Colours = Attention! Side Info Attracted to warm colours (first red, then yellow, then white). Older attracted to blue and green (+8). Engelbrecht, K. 2003, The Impact of Color on Learning
  8. 8. Less is more! Side Info Children come up with several hypothesis within 2-5 min. One idea at a time. Carlson, S. M. (2005) Less is more: executive function and symbolic representation in preschool children
  9. 9. Do the baby talk! Side Info Children respond more towards “baby talk”. Increases the attention span of children. Apel, K., Masterson, J (2012) Beyond Baby Talk: From Speaking to Spelling: a Guide to Language and Literacy Development for Parents and Caregivers
  10. 10. Use combination of media! Side Info Use different type of media to present ideas: oral, visual and text. But not too many! (remember “less is more”). NIEER,Three C’s Approach to Kids Media
  11. 11. Never too young to understand! Side Info Do NOT say “too young”. Balance between understanding and facts learning. Holinger, P. C. (2012) Before Children Talk ... They Understand a Lot!
  12. 12. I m p l e me n t i ng : Sobha Kakulu Exhibition (Sri Lanka)
  13. 13. From Children to Children Students, Teachers and Parents Present ideas through multidisciplinary approach 43 primary schools with ~10,000 visitors
  14. 14. Conclusion Colours = Attention! Less is more! Do the baby talk! Use combination of media! Never too young to understand! Thilina Heenatigala | @ThilinaH Universe Awareness | Institute of Mental Health (Sri Lanka)

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