Lunar and Planetary Institute






Resources for Faculty Preparing Future Teachers

Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

SouthWest-- Association for Science Teacher Education (SW-ASTE)

National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP)

The Society for College Science Teachers (SCST)

Astronomy Education Review, (AER)
Online peer-reviewed journal and compendium of astronomy education research, news, resources, and opinion

National Science Education Standards

The Moon Project
Electronically links together approximately a dozen "research buddies." One of the buddies, the group leader, is a collegiate pre-service teacher and the rest are elementary or middle schoolers in states such as Massachusetts, Texas, Alaska, California, Indiana, Arizona and New Mexico (on the Navajo Reservation) in the United States and from other countries such as Australia, England, Finland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Ukraine.

A Private Universe (K–12 science)
A powerful collection of video clips of students' astronomical ideas (seasons and moon phases) and how they change (or don’t) with classroom instruction.

Private Universe Project in Science
Video series of resources iincluding Minds of Our Own --a presentation of students’ surprising preconceptions about science concepts (atmospheric gases, photosynthesis, light, electricity) and new educational approaches to developing deeper science understanding.

Beyond the Solar System: Expanding the Universe in the Classroom (8–12 science)
Video exploration of the structure and evolution of the universe and the nature of science designed for 8–12 educators and their students. The video includes clips of students preconceived ideas about stars, galaxies and the Big Bang, exploration of the science concepts, classroom strategies, and extensive resources.