Over the past decade, discipline-based research and research-informed practice in astronomy and space sciences has taken off dramatically. New journals, such as the Journal of Astronomy and Earth Science Education and the International Journal of Astronomy Education, new regular conferences such as the IAU AstroEDU biennial conference and the Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education annual conference and new international offices, such as the International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy Education, have blossomed. Particularly in Western Australia, with the impending Square Kilometer Array as well as Australia in general with the newly established Australian Space Agency, interest is high.
However, people have been undertaking Astronomy and Space Sciences Research for quite some time with early articles identified in the late 1800s and publication in the field being continuous since 1970. The istardb.org project has identified nearly 2000 journal articles, theses and conference proceedings over the last century with this number expected to dramatically increase with the incorporation of new literature searches, particularly from Japan, South America and various parts of Europe. Previous reviews of the literature in 2010 and 2011 included only 103 journal articles and 283 conference proceedings respectively in comparison. This research topic will explore the current state of astronomy education research, what has been done, what has been overdone, what still needs to be done and plot new directions for the future of the field.
Project Area: Science Education, STEM Education, Astronomy Education Research
Supervisor(s): Dr. Michael Fitzgerald, Dr. Urban Eriksson (Lund University, Sweden), Prof. Paulo Bretones (University of São Carlos, Brazil)
Project level: Masters, PhD
Funding: Applicant should apply for ECUHDR or RTP Scholarship
Start date: Ongoing