AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 19 Focus on Undergraduate Astronomy
Poster, Monday, January 5, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[19.03] The TSU Streaming Video Astronomy Course I, Course Content

G. S. Burks (Tennessee State University)

Researchers are developing an on-line video astronomy course at Tennessee State University. Many factors are taken into account when designing a first year course for a broad audience. The initial target audience is students attending historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and other minority institutions, without an astronomy course. The first goal is to attract students into a course of study that could prepare them to enter the NASA workforce. A secondary goal is to serve the general student population. But what should be put in a course that may be the last science course seen by pre-service teachers and the initial course for future astronomers? Start with the national science standards. The K-12 national science standards in Earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and history of science were studied. The content of the course is designed to address as many of these standards as is practical. A course plan is presented that presents the applicable national standards class topic by class topic.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: burks@coe.tsuniv.edu

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