AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 53. K-12 Astronomy Education and Public Outreach
Poster, Tuesday, January 7, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[53.12] Why Should People Learn Cosmology?

K. Coble (Univ. Chicago, Adler Planetarium), T. Duncan (Science Integration Institute, Portland State Univ. Center for Science Ed.)

There are many valid answers to the question, "Why should everyone know something about cosmology?" In any educational context (college liberal arts course, museum exhibit, popular book, public lecture, or even a press release or informal conversation), it is important to clearly articulate the answer you have in mind, because your answer determines the selection and organization of topics you teach. This poster will describe one perspective on this question: that knowledge of cosmology is important for all students because it can have a profound impact on the personal mental map by which they each view their relationship to the world. This map guides their everyday choices and actions through the perspective it gives on their individual role as part of the Universe. We will make the case for the importance of cosmology for all students on this basis and discuss the selection and organization of topics from cosmology in a course motivated by this point of view.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: coble@hyde.uchicago.edu

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