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Assessing Astronomy Students’ Views About The Nature Of Science, Jennifer Blue Mar 2017

Assessing Astronomy Students’ Views About The Nature Of Science, Jennifer Blue

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For this project, I analyze papers and essays from students in a general education course, Observational Foundations of Astronomy. Students were asked to construct arguments about whether ancient astronomers, who in many cases were also astrologers and priests, were scientists. I will present the results, with student definitions and examples. This should have implications for how we talk about science with our students across the curriculum.