Robotic telescopes and student research in the school curriculum around the OECD countries

Salimpour Saeed, Sophie Bartlett, Michael T. Fitzgerald , K. Ross Cutts , C. Renee James, Lena Danaia, Sergio Cabezon, Michel Faye, Cyrille Baudouin, Diana Birkenbauma, Sara Anjos, Qixuan Wu , Hye-Eun Chu, Slater Eileen, Eileen Slater

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The aim of this paper is to explore the presence and possible incorporation of inquiry-based learning approaches using Robotic Telescopes and Student Research in the regular science curriculum. This study uses preliminary findings from an extensive ongoing study, which is currently reviewing the extent of astronomy content in the school curriculum of the 35 member countries from the OECD in addition to two emerging nations in modern astronomy – China and South Africa, which are not part of the OECD. Analysis of curriculum documents from 28 OECD countries, including China and South Africa, reveals that although there is a prevalence of astronomy related content in most grades, incorporating Robotic Telescopes and Student Research into the regular science curriculum is limited by two interdependent factors. Firstly, the majority of curricula introduce astronomy-related concepts through a descriptive lens, with a focus on the “what?”, rather than the “how?” or “why?”. Secondly, astronomy in comparison to other topics gets very little time allocation. Robotic Telescopes provide teachers with enormous potential to teach students not only topics related to science, but also to afford students the opportunity to engage in “authentic science”. Thus, it is vital for the members of the astronomy community to play a greater role in the development of curricula.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference (RTSRE) Conference Proceedings
EditorsM. Fitzgerald, C. R. James, S. Buxner, S. White
Place of PublicationSan Diego, California
PublisherRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE)
Pages33-44
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9780648399605
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2018
EventRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference - San Diego, United States
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

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NameThe Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings
No.1
Volume1

Conference

ConferenceRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period18/06/1722/06/17

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Keywords

  • astronomy Curriculum
  • OECD
  • robotic telescopes
  • student astronomy research

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Saeed, S., Bartlett, S., Fitzgerald , M. T., Cutts , K. R., James, C. R., Danaia, L., ... Slater, E. (2018). Robotic telescopes and student research in the school curriculum around the OECD countries. In M. Fitzgerald, C. R. James, S. Buxner, & S. White (Eds.), Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference (RTSRE) Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 33-44). (The Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings; Vol. 1, No. 1). San Diego, California: Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE). https://doi.org/10.32374/rtsre.2017.003
Saeed, Salimpour ; Bartlett, Sophie ; Fitzgerald , Michael T. ; Cutts , K. Ross ; James, C. Renee ; Danaia, Lena ; Cabezon, Sergio ; Faye, Michel ; Baudouin, Cyrille ; Birkenbauma, Diana ; Anjos, Sara ; Wu , Qixuan ; Chu, Hye-Eun ; Eileen, Slater ; Slater, Eileen. / Robotic telescopes and student research in the school curriculum around the OECD countries. Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference (RTSRE) Conference Proceedings. editor / M. Fitzgerald ; C. R. James ; S. Buxner ; S. White. Vol. 1 San Diego, California : Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE), 2018. pp. 33-44 (The Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings; 1).
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Saeed S, Bartlett S, Fitzgerald MT, Cutts KR, James CR, Danaia L et al. Robotic telescopes and student research in the school curriculum around the OECD countries. In Fitzgerald M, James CR, Buxner S, White S, editors, Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference (RTSRE) Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. San Diego, California: Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE). 2018. p. 33-44. (The Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings; 1). https://doi.org/10.32374/rtsre.2017.003