Astronomy Education in Bangladesh

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.

Bangladesh lacks any infrastructure regarding Astronomy education. There is no university program on astronomy, in none of the 107 private and 46 public universities. While the school curriculum is appropriate for general science education, it lacks proper treatment on astronomy as a subject. The school science textbooks have one chapter in each grade though, from grades 4 to 12, with exceptions in grades 9 and 11. With such scanty curriculum coverage, we attempt to keep astro-lover students and laymen by introducing 10-day, 3-day workshops or even 1-day intense workshops tailoring for different needs. This talk will discuss issues, workshop coverage of topics and feedbacks from our 11 years' experience. Also the future plan of a possible open-ended Astronomy 101 course that could be attended by any interested student of science and engineering will be discussed. This proposed course could work as a guideline in the absence of a proper astronomy program with some endorsement. Furthermore, an ongoing research work will also be discussed: a seamless course-book from grade-1 to grade-12 on astronomy to fill-in the gaps of space and astronomy related learning in Bangladeshi curriculum.

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