AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 84 New Ways of Teaching College Astronomy -- Practical Advice and Results
Special Session, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 10:00-11:30am, 707/709

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[84.01] Using Course Transformation to Improve Science Learning and Science Teaching

J. L. Rosenberg (University of Colorado)

I will discuss the introductory astronomy course that I have been teaching at the University of Colorado as a part of a multi-department effort at course transformation and K-12 teacher recruitment. The course intergrates many methods for getting the students more involved in their learning including group work, personal response systems, and active participation in the larger lecture class. The implementation of these active learning techniques requires additional personnel provided by undergraduate "learning assistants." It is through this hands-on teaching experience that we hope (and seem to be succeeding) to recruit K-12 science teachers.

J. L. Rosenberg would like to acknowledge the NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellowship for support for this work. The course transformation project is also supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jrosenbe@casa.colorado.edu

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