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The First Big Wave of Astronomy Education Research Dissertations and Some Directions for Future Research Efforts
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5.Brogt, E. , Sabers, D. , Prather, E. E. , Deming, G. L. , Hufnagel, B. , & Slater, T. F. 2007, “Analysis of the Astronomy Diagnostic Test,” Astronomy Education Review, 6(1), 25.
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7.Chandra, N. M. 2006, “Frames of Reference and Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Seasons,” PhD dissertation, University of Toronto. AAT NR15765.
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17.Keller, J. M. 2006, “Development of a Concept Inventory Addressing Students’ Beliefs and Reasoning Difficulties Regarding the Greenhouse Effect,” PhD dissertation, University of Arizona. AAT 3237466.
18.Krumenaker, L. 2008, “The Makeup of the Modern US High School Astronomy Course—25 Years After Sadler’s Study,” oral paper (31.04), 211th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Austin, TX, January 8, 2008. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., 39(4), 40.
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20.Lee, K. M. , Seidell, C. M. , & Davis, A. N. 2007, “Simulating the Retention of an Atmosphere,” 2007 AAS∕AAPT joint meeting, American Astronomical Society Meeting 209, Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., 38, 982.
21.Nelson, G. 2007, “Is There Room for Space: EPO and the Big Education Reform Picture,” keynote address to the 2007 Astronomical Society of the Pacific Education and Public Outreach National Conference, September 5, 2007, Chicago, IL.
22.Olsen, J. 2007, “Impacts of Technology-Based, Differentiated Instruction on Special Needs Students in the Context of an Activity-Based Middle School Science Instructional Unit,” PhD dissertation, University of Arizona.
23.Pilachowski, C. A. , & Durisen, R. H. 2002, “A Graduate Seminar on Astronomical Citizenship at Indiana University,” Astronomy Education Review, 1(1), 88.
24.Plummer, J. D. 2006, “Students’ Development of Astronomy Concepts across Time,” PhD dissertation, University of Michigan. AAT 3238058.
25.Prather, E. E. , Slater, T. F. , Adams, J. P. , Bailey, J. M. , Jones, L. V. , & Dostal, J. A. 2004, “Research on a Lecture-Tutorial Approach to Teaching Introductory Astronomy for Nonscience Majors,” Astronomy Education Review, 3(2), 122.
26.Richwine, P. L. 2007, “The Impact of Authentic Science Inquiry Experiences Studying Variable Stars on High School Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes about Science and Astronomy and Beliefs Regarding the Nature of Science,” PhD dissertation, University of Arizona. AAT 3254711.
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29.Slater, T. F. , Adams, J. P. , Brissenden, G. , & Duncan, D. 2001, “What Topics Are Taught in Introductory Astronomy Courses?” Phys. Teach., 39(1), 52.
30.Slater, T. F. , Loranz, D. , & Prather, E. E. 2007, “Sorting Tasks and Vocabulary-in Context Activities for Assessing Introductory Astronomy Understanding,” talk presented at the joint winter 2007 meeting of the American Astronomical Society & the American Association of Physics Teachers, January 2007, Seattle, WA.
31.Slater, T. F. , Slater, S. J. , Bailey, J. M. , & Williams, J. P. 2008, “Transforming an REU Program from Good to Great: Lessons Learned from External Evaluation,” oral presentation (31.05) presented at 211th National Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Austin, TX, January 2008. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., 39(4).
The past several years have presented the astronomy education research community with a host of foundational research dissertations in the teaching and learning of astronomy. These PhD candidates have been studying the impact of instructional innovations on student learning and systematically validating astronomy learning assessment instruments, both of which are important foundational work for the astronomy education research community. These efforts provide substantial weight to an argument that astronomy education research is maturing into a substantial disciplinary research field with many rich questions to pursue in the future.
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