Infusing Quantitative Reasoning Into Introductory Astronomy And Other Science Courses

Astronomy education research on the role of astronomy in schools
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 8:15 p.m. - 8:25 p.m.
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 12:15 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Quantitative reasoning (QR) is a skill important not only in school but in everyday life. We describe an ongoing effort to understand students' quantitative reasoning skills and beliefs and how quantitative reasoning is supported in introductory astronomy and other science courses. We will share ongoing results of a study utilizing the Quantitative Reasoning for College Science (QuaRCS) assessment, a QR assessment designed for use in general education science courses, as well as ongoing work to make items more culturally relevant. Additionally, we will discuss work to support instructors in infusing more quantitative reasoning into their courses.

About Sanlyn Buxner

Sanlyn Buxner is an associate research professor in the department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include understanding scientific literature, quantitative reasoning, and how research experiences empower teachers and students.