AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 59. Undergraduate Teaching: Members Experiences and Research Results
Education, Oral, Thursday, January 7, 1999, 2:00-3:30pm, Room 8 (A,B,C,)

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[59.06] ConcepTests for Introductory Astronomy

P. J. Green (CfA)

How can we present science as an evolving endeavor of human curiosity? How can we achieve real-time pace matching between instructors and students? How can we insure that every student has a personal contribution to the process? Peer Instruction, coming into widespread use for undergraduate physics courses across the U.S., may provide a signifcant contribution to the resolution of these perennial questions. As a crucial part of Peer Instruction, teachers pose a question that highlights common misconceptions (a ConcepTest), which becomes the subject of small interactive peer group debates in class. We are compiling a library of ConcepTests to facilitate the implementation of Peer Instruction in introductory undergraduate astronomy. We will introduce the ConcepTest library, discuss its implementation, its evaluation, and your role.

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