Bailey Presentation on Astronomy Education Practice and Research

Janelle Bailey gave a keynote presentation at the first-ever International Astronomical Union Commission C1 Conference on Astronomy Education: Bridging Research and Practice, on September 16 in Garching, Germany. The talk, entitled “AER Pathways: Recent Research and Future Developments,” opened the conference after welcoming remarks from the IAU General Secretary and the conference organizers. Although the conference was small, with only about 120 people there, it was filled to the capacity of the host site, the European Southern Observatory’s Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre.

Find a PDF of the talk here: Bailey 2019 – AER Pathways.

Dr. Donna Governor Publishes New Book

Our very own SLRG team member Dr. Donna Governor published new book “Staging Family Science Nights” now available on the NSTA science store.  The book serves as an accessible handbook designed for helping you to create an informal learning environment that will generate enthusiasm and enjoyment of science among the entire family.  The book’s first section—“Producing the Event”—devotes eight chapters to planning, recruiting volunteers (including students), setting up, last-minute troubleshooting, and injecting pizazz. The four chapters in the second section—“On the Stage”—offer guidance and templates for activities at the novice, intermediate, and advanced levels. Activities include “Balancing Bugs,” “Bubble Olympics,” and “Creating Color Slime.”

An SLRG Slam Dunk!

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Congratulations to SLRG members Shondricka Burrell and Reed Kendall who will be representing the graduate and undergraduate classes, respectively, as the 2019 Temple College of Education Graduation speakers! Their speeches will feature views on how educators should be agents of growth in their communities. We can hardly wait to hear your speeches!

 

Klavon Selected for Prestigious Institute

Timothy G. Klavon, graduate research assistant in SLRG, has been selected for the 2019 Sandra K. Abell Institute. Selection is highly competitive and many congratulations to Tim!

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The Sandra K. Abell Institute is a prestigious event for promising doctoral students in the discipline of science education research and recognizes the importance of investing in these talented individuals. Tim joins a select group of doctoral students and science education scholars that have participated over the last decade.

The 2019 Institute will be held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.

New EdSci Byte

In the article Toward a more coherent model of science education than the crosscutting concept of the next generation science standards: The affordances of styles of reasoning” Osborne et al., (2017) are trying to investigate and offer a new framework to help guide teachers, curriculum designers, and assessment developers. The model contains 6 styles of scientific reasoning (i.e., mathematical deduction, experimental exploration, hypothetical modeling, categorization and classification, probabilistic thinking, and evolutionary reasoning) and is compared to 7 crosscutting concepts introduced by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The authors challenge the NGSS point of view of science as a singular construct, and instead discuss how different fields of science have different ontological and epistemic frameworks, and also require different methodologies for investigation. The authors’ framework is designed on the basis of a plurality of science wherein the aim is to enhance NGSS crosscutting concepts by integrating styles of scientific reasoning. Each style of reasoning illuminates a common form of reasoning and epistemology used in specific scientific disciplines.  Consequently, the authors suggest consideration of styles of reasoning in considering any future revision of NGSS because this model is coherent with micro and meta-understanding of science educators.

-Busra Uslu and Archie Dobaria