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Paper: The Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Ushers in a New Community-Based Model for Astronomy Education Research with the NSF Funded CCLI Phase III Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS) Program
Volume: 431, Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future
Page: 180
Authors: Brissenden, G.; Prather, E. E.
Abstract: The Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), in Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona, lead by Ed Prather & Gina Brissenden, is devoted to improving teaching and learning in Astro 101 by conducting fundamental research on student beliefs and reasoning difficulties related to astronomy, and instructor implementation difficulties related to teaching astronomy. We use the results of our research to inform the development of research-validated curriculum and assessment materials for use in the Astro 101 classroom. These research-validated curricula & assessment materials frame our professional development CAE Teaching Excellence Workshops for Astro 101 instructors. The goal of these professional development workshops is to increase the pedagogical content knowledge of Astro 101 instructors and improve implementation of these curricula and assessment materials.
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