Astronomy education and teacher training: the example of CLEA in France

Astronomy education around the world
2nd Shaw-IAU Workshop
Thursday Oct. 8, 2020
UTC: 1:40 p.m.-3 p.m.
, UTC: 8:20 p.m.-9:40 p.m.

French pupils learn many astronomical concepts during their school years, from seasons and eclipses in primary and middle school to gravitation laws and stellar physics in secondary school. Yet, teachers are not well prepared to teach astronomy, especially the primary school teachers. To fill the void left by the educational authorities, the Teachers and Astronomers Liaison Committee (CLEA in French) was founded in 1977. CLEA is a non-profit association devoted to astronomy education and more specifically to teacher training. It promotes observation- and inquiry-based teaching (learning by doing). Practically, CLEA brings together professional astronomers, teachers and educators to create resources, organise training sessions and summer schools, and publish a quarterly about astronomy education. We shall share the 40-year old experience of CLEA

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