Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy
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Intro College Conceptual

Lecture - Large (30+ students)  Lecture - Small (<30 students)  Recitation/Discussion Session  Studio

What? Socratic-dialogue driven, highly-structured collaborative learning activities for use in introductory Astronomy lecture courses. Designed to elicit students' misconceptions, confront their naive, incomplete, or inaccurate ideas, resolve contradictions, and demonstrate the power of conceptual models.

Student skills developed

Designed for:
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Using multiple representations

Instructor effort required

  • Low

Resources required

  • Cost for students

Developer's website: Lecture-Tutorials
Bronze Validation
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to:
  • at least 1 of the "based on" categories
  • at least 1 of the "demonstrated to improve" categories
  • at least 1 of the "studied using" categories
(Categories shown below)

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • theories of how students learn
  • student ideas about specific topics

Demonstrated to Improve:

  • conceptual understanding
  • problem-solving skills
  • lab skills
  • beliefs and attitudes
  • attendance
  • retention of students
  • success of underrepresented groups
  • performance in subsequent classes

Studied using:

  • cycle of research and redevelopment
  • student interviews
  • classroom observations
  • analysis of written work
  • research at multiple institutions
  • research by multiple groups
  • peer-reviewed publication