Astronomical Education Research Papers In Japan: The Never-Changing And The Ever-Changing, And The Challenge Of Returning The Research Results To Teachers

Astronomy education around the world
2nd Shaw-IAU Workshop
Thursday Oct. 8, 2020
UTC: 9 p.m.-9:10 p.m.

NAEC Japan team will present some statistics on peer-reviewed astronomical papers published in
academic journals in Japanese for the past decade. While the dificulty in teaching the phases of
the moon is the general topic regardless of the country, a large fraction of educational research
in Japan is focused on elementary school topics. Recent trends, such as citizen science-based
education research, will be also presented. School teachers rarely look at these papers, and the
challenge is that the research results have not reached school teachers suficiently.

However, classroom research in schools relates well to the content of these papers and efforts
should be made to prepare reviews that bridge between them. For the exchange of domestic and
international astronomical education research, translation is also necessary.

About Tomita Akihiko

Graduated from Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, March 1991; Master Course of astronomy, School of Science, Kyoto University, March 1993; Doctor Course of astronomy, School of Science, Kyoto University, March 1996; Post-doc fellow, Institute of Astronomy, University of Tokyo until March 1997; from April 1997, Faculty of Education, Wakayama University, from April 2020, professor of Faculty of Education, Wakayama University. Contact person of Universe Awareness Japan.

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