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Watching the sky: new realizations, new meanings, and surprizing aspects in university level astronomy
Kristianstad University, Research environment Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Naturvetenskap. (LISMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6638-1246
Uppsala University. (Physics Education Research)
Uppsala University. (Physics Education Research)
2011 (English)In: E-Book Proceedings of the ESERA 2011 Conference: Science learning and Citizenship. Part 3: Teaching and learning science / [ed] Catherine Bruguière, Andrée Tiberghien, Pierre Clément, Lyon, France: European Science Education Research Association , 2011, 57-63 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Learning astronomy is challenging at all levels due to the highly specialized form of communication used to share knowledge. When taking astronomy courses at different levels at university, learners are exposed to a variety of representations that are intended to help them learn about the structure and complexity of the Universe. However, not much is known about the reflective awareness that these representations evoke. Using a simulation video that provides a vivid virtual journey through our Milky Way galaxy, the nature of this awareness is captured and categorised for an array of learners (benchmark by results obtained for experts). The results illustrate how the number and nature of new things grounded in dimensionality, scale, time and perspective reflective awareness can too easily be taken for granted by both teachers and learners.

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Lyon, France: European Science Education Research Association , 2011. 57-63 p.
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Astronomy Education Research, Perspective, Awareness, Representations, Phenomenography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11891ISBN: 978-9963-700-44-8‏OAI: diva2:707501
ESERA conference 2011, Lyon, France
Available from: 2014-03-24 Created: 2014-03-24 Last updated: 2014-03-31Bibliographically approved

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