Astronomy Education Alliance Meeting 2014: High Engagement and Deep Learning of Math, Science and Technology through Astronomy Education

A global astronomy education meeting in parallel with the European Planetary Science Congress and organised by Global Hands-on Universe.

8-12 September 2014, Cascais, Portugal

Rationale 

The Astronomy Education Alliance Meeting will take place in Cascais, Portugal between 8 and 12 September 2014, and in parallel with the European Planetary Science Congress and organised by Global Hands-on Universe. This meeting will showcase and discuss the latest innovative efforts in astronomy education, allowing teachers, educators and outreach professionals to combine efforts and focus astronomy resource production on cross cultural curricula utilizing formal education best practices.

Why an Astronomy Education Alliance Meeting?

As many outreach and education efforts and resources emerge around the world, it is paramount that they are combined with joint formal educational initiatives. This kind of multi-national, formal – informal education collaboration will promote scientific literacy in a global society as new materials are developed in alignment with educational curricula from around the world. By bringing together researchers and practitioners from the fields of formal and informal education, the Astronomy Education Alliance Meeting will be “a place to be” for those who intend to understand the existing links between the state of the art astronomy resource products and the objective needs of formal educators.

This meeting will be co-located with the European Planetary Science Congress, which will bring together the Europlanet Network of scientists. The Astronomy Education Alliance Meeting will thus allow science researchers and science educators to bridge the gaps between their two groups.

Main Scientific Topics

This meeting will bridge the gap between formal and informal education, professional researchers and educators bridging cultural and political divides. Sessions will cover

  • Cultural Astronomy & Education
  • New Technologies in Astronomy Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Science Research in the Classroom
  • Outreach and Formal Education
  • Outreach through Education
  • Special Focus and Highlight on Planetary Science
  • Research in Astronomy Education
  • International Year of Light 2015
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