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Paper: Including Climate Change in College Introductory Astronomy Courses
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 203
Authors: McCarthy, C.; Rector, T.
Abstract: Introductory Astronomy courses for non-science majors ("Astro 101") attract about a quarter of a million students each year. For many students, this course will be the only college-level exposure to science. Astro 101 classes are therefore a vital tool in achieving higher scientific literacy on scientific topics of interest to the general public. However, climate change, arguably the preeminent scientific topic facing the general public, is often treated minimally in Astro 101 courses, or is not covered at all. In this presentation we will explore the motivation and justification for including a comprehensive discussion of climate change in Astro 101 courses. We will discuss the links between climate science and astronomy, as well as some of the pitfalls that may hinder a clear presentation of the topic, or discourage instructors from including it in their course. Participants in this presentation will have an opportunity to share their own experiences teaching about climate change. Examples of climate-related course material and sources (provided by AstronomersForPlanet.Earth) will also be shared.
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