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The Gateway Science: a Review of Astronomy in the OECD School Curricula, Including China and South Africa
Salimpoura, Saeed; Bartlett, Sophie; Fitzgerald, Michael T. et al.
2020In Research in Science Education
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Keywords :
Astronomy; Science Education; STEM
Abstract :
[en] Astronomy is considered by many to be a gateway science owing to its ability to inspire curiosity in everyone irrespective of age, culture or general inclination to science. While the inclusion of astronomy in the school curriculum has waxed and waned over the years, in the current era, where there is a global push to get more students engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), astronomy provides an invaluable conduit to bring about this shift. This paper highlights the results of a study which has reviewed the presence and extent to which astronomy has been incorporated into the school curriculum of the Organisation for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) member countries as well as two non-OECD countries strong in astronomy research, China and South Africa, and one international curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. A total of 52 national curricula from 37 countries were reviewed. The results revealed that overall astronomy and its related topics are prevalent in at least one grade in all curricula across the OECD, China and South Africa. Of the 52 national curricula, 44 of them had astronomy related topics in grade 6. Out of the 52 national curricula, 40 introduced astronomy-related topics in grade 1, while 14 of them had astronomy-related topics explicitly mentioned in all grades. The most common keywords were related to basic astronomy concepts, such as the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and the stars, all have occurrences of over 100. Relational textual analysis also revealed that all the major concepts could be encompassed across two broad themes of Earth and Physics.
Disciplines :
Education & instruction
Author, co-author :
Salimpoura, Saeed
Bartlett, Sophie
Fitzgerald, Michael T.
McKinnon, David H.
Cutts, Ross K.
James, Renee C.
Miller, Scott
Danaia, Lena
Hollow, Robert P.
Cabezon, Sergio
Faye, Michel
Tomita, Akihito
MAX, Charles ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
de Korte, Michael
Baudouin, Cyrille
Birkenbauma, Diana
Kallery, Maria
Anjos, Sara
Wu, Quixan
Chu, Hye-Eun
Slater, Eileen
Ortiz-Gil, Amelia
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External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
The Gateway Science: a Review of Astronomy in the OECD School Curricula, Including China and South Africa
Publication date :
10 March 2020
Journal title :
Research in Science Education
ISSN :
0157-244X
Publisher :
Australian Science Education Research Association, Australia
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Educational Sciences
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