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Video: Connecting Field Trips to Classroom Learning: Using the Planetarium to Support Students' Engagement in Science Practices
An invited talk by Dr. Julia Plummer, Pennsylvania State University, at the 51st Annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 14-17, 2015.
ABSTRACT: The Next Generation Science Standards, and other policy documents for K-12 science learning, look beyond a focus on the content of science to include the practices of how scientists perform science. This talk will present promising evidence of the potential planetariums have in contributing to students’ engagement in science practices by sharing research conducted on what elementary students learned through a combination of planetarium field trips and classroom lessons.
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