Using the Star Properties Concept Inventory to compare instruction with lecture tutorials to traditional lectures

LoPresto, Michael C., and Murrell, Steven R. (2009) Using the Star Properties Concept Inventory to compare instruction with lecture tutorials to traditional lectures. Astronomy Education Review, 8 (1). 010105.

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Abstract

The Star Properties Concept Inventory (SPCI) is among the first instruments made available to assess student gains in a major section or "unit" of a traditional introductory astronomy course, in this case the unit on stars. This is in contrast to instruments for an entire course, such as the Astronomy Diagnostic Test or the Lunar Phases Concept Inventory that is for a single subject. One of the intended uses of the SPCI is for comparison of the effectiveness of different instructional methods. The following is a report on the results of a study in which the SPCI was used as a pretest and post test to compare gains in active and collaborative student-centered instruction using lecture tutorials to those in traditional instructor-centered instruction.

Item ID: 32846
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1539-1515
Keywords: astronomy; stars; teaching; college non-majors; stars and stellar evolution; research into teaching/learning; teaching approaches; collaborative group activities; assessment
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Reproduced with permission from Astronomy Education Review.

Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2014 02:12
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 50%
02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020199 Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
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