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ATARP: Australian Teacher Astronomy Research Program

The ATARP program will provide Australian High School science teachers with an authentic research experience in Australia’s strongest STEM area, radio astronomy. Teachers will interact with radio telescope facilities in Australia. They will undertake authentic astronomical research over the course of 13 months in a team mentored by a professional astronomer from CSIRO Perth.

This early pilot project will have two mentor astronomers (one female, one male) each guiding two teachers: a total of four teachers (two females and two males). Teachers will also be encouraged to involve a small group of their students with this research project.

Participants will be embedded in an authentic experiential science learning model that teaches them deep content in a collaborative research environment. This provides the direct experience of undertaking current astronomical research and the nature of science that can be translated into their classroom environment and into their professional teaching network. Teachers will gain confidence in their understanding of science and of how scientists work. They will present their findings at the Annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia in July each year.

Funding agencies

ECU Strategic Initiative Fund
Athena-Swann Initiative
Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research

Project duration

January 2017 - December 2018


Dr Michael Fitzgerald

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