Note: There are three
different surveys. When administering these surveys
to students be sure to let them know that they may
not and are not expected to know all the exact
right answer to the questions. Ask them to tell us
what they really think is the right answer. Tell
them to imagine that they are just talking with
their best friends about these ideas. Make it clear
that their answers will not be shared with other
students and they will not be penalized or graded
on their responses.
Each student you survey does not
need to complete each survey, (however it is OK to
do so if you have the time). Rather the three
different surveys should be distributed to the
class with a nearly even distribution of students
each getting one of the surveys. In this way each
student answers at least one survey and each of the
three surveys gets an equal representation from
your population. A minimum of at lease 30 students
should participate.
By completing this assignment
you will gain experience on what it is like to
perform Astronomy Education Research and you will
develop a better understanding of your students
conceptual understanding on topics pertaining to
astrobiology. You may use this information to drive
ideas for your curriculum development projects, and
field test and implementation project.
