Home Astronomy for early childhood and its assessment

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
, UTC: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
, UTC: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
, UTC: 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
, Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
, UTC: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
, UTC: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
, UTC: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
, Friday Dec. 1, 2023
UTC: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
, UTC: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Young children interact with their surroundings, things, objects, and nature, and through “trying one more time,” they enjoy observing and building concepts. This is also the case for the subject of astronomy. We present records of the interests and behaviors of 3 to 5-year-old children regarding the evening sky, clouds, colors, rainbows, the first stars, and the movement of the stars. In addition, we present our study of the assessment methods used. We also discuss how such assessment is positioned within early childhood science education in general, and how it relates to science formal school education.


Tomita, Akihiko is a professor of astronomy and astronomy education research at Wakayama University in Wakayama City, Japan. He previously completed his master's and doctorate degrees at Kyoto University, Japan for research on star formation in galaxies mainly from optical observations. His present official work is pre-service and in-service teacher training. His research interest includes evaluation methods for various activities including astronomy education in early childhood, school formal curricula, and outreach activities. NAEC Japan chair, UNAWE Japan chair.