A Review of high school level astronomy student research projects over the last two decades

M. T. Fitzgerald, R. Hollow, L. M. Rebull, L. Danaia, D. H. McKinnon

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Abstract

Since the early 1990s with the arrival of a variety of new technologies, the capacity for authentic astronomical research at the high school level has skyrocketed. This potential, however, has not realised the bright-eyed hopes and dreams of the early pioneers who expected to revolutionise science education through the use of telescopes and other astronomical instrumentation in the classroom. In this paper, a general history and analysis of these attempts is presented. We define what we classify as an Astronomy Research in the Classroom (ARiC) project and note the major dimensions on which these projects differ before describing the 22 major student research projects active since the early 1990s. This is followed by a discussion of the major issues identified that affected the success of these projects and provide suggestions for similar attempts in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Volume31
Issue numbere037
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • astronomy education
  • astronomy public outreach
  • history and philosophy of astronomy

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