Astronomy: towards a didactic focused on interdisciplinarity

Teaching astronomy as part of other subjects in secondary schools – astronomy as a “gateway science”
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
, UTC: 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
, Thursday Nov. 17, 2022
UTC: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
, UTC: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Astronomy arouses curiosity for the unknown and mobilizes all areas of knowledge, promoting an interdisciplinary vision in which, the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. A project focused on Astronomy normally has the natural involvement of Mathematics and Physics, but it can also cover Chemistry, Biology, Geography, ICT and the Arts, especially if we associate it with Astronautics and Space Exploration, the great levers of scientific and technological development, spilling over into our daily lives in the technologies we use today. It is important to bring Astronomy to School, through its inclusion in the curriculum, or through small projects capable of mobilizing and reinforcing learning, while helping to develop skills.


Alvaro Folhas is a Physics and Chemistry teacher in secondary school. He graduate in Analytical Chemistry (University of Aveiro), having a master's degree in Physics Teaching (NOVA University of Lisbon), and being a doctoral student at the University of Coimbra, developing research in the use of Astronomy for the interdisciplinary teaching of Sciences. He’s being also a researcher and core collaborator of "NUCLIO - Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia e Inovação em Educação", and "CITEUC - Centre for Earth and Space Research of the University of Coimbra" (mentioned both in affiliation), collaborating in international projects in this field.

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