AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 88. Undergraduate Astronomy Instruction, Labs and Research
Poster, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[88.07] Injecting Inquiry into Undergraduate Astronomy Labs

S. Gezari, J. Noel-Storr, D. Spiegel (Columbia University)

We present examples and results of instructors using inquiry-based teaching strategies in the undergraduate astronomy lab at Columbia University. Each instructor integrated varying degrees of inquiry depending on the topic of the lab and their own preferences for this style of instruction. We use student surveys to quantify how well the spectrum of inquiry-based labs, from guided activities to independent investigations, reached our educational goals of building scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes.

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