Conducting Astronomy Education Research: A Primer
Among all scientists, astronomers are some of the most highly trained observers and data analysts. Now, as international attention is being focused on how we as a society go about educate our youth in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering domains, many astronomers are turning their skills toward understanding the teaching and learning of astronomy, and science in general. This book is written for astronomers who want to learn more about how science education research is done and how to get started studying the teaching and learning of astronomy. The book provides fruitful research designs, effective data collection and analysis strategies, and points readers to avenues for publishing scholarly work in astronomy education research. The authors, long-time contributors to the astronomy education research community, provide rubber-meets-the-road guidance to both first-time and experienced researchers to get projects off the ground and into the scholarly literature.