AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 97 Communicating Astronomy
Poster, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[97.03] Cosmos in the Classroom 2004: A Hands-on Conference on Teaching Astro 101

E.F.C. Dokter (University of Arizona), A. Fraknoi (Foothill College & ASP), W. Waller (Tufts University & NESSIE)

In July, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the New England Space Science Initiative in Education hosted "Cosmos in the Classroom", a 3-day conference at Tufts University devoted to the teaching of introductory astronomy for non-science majors. About 200 instructors from around the country attended from a broad range of institutions (including many community colleges), with a significant fraction indicating that this was their first ever astronomy meeting. This poster describes the conference and reports the results of two surveys completed by participants that can be used to inform future such symposia and discussions. A thick volume of teaching materials and papers from the conference is available through the ASP.

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

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