Implementing a studio-based flipped classroom in a first year astronomy course

Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway, Michael Fitzgerald, David H McKinnon

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Abstract

We present a case study of the rapid transformation of a first year astronomy unit from a traditional lecture/laboratory teaching approach to an entirely studio-based flipped teaching approach. Our Physics and Astronomy Collaborative Environment (PACE) studios at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University were designed along the lines of SCALE-UP approach, with the pedagogy adapted to suit our unit. In this paper, we outline the design, early evaluation, and impacts of this transformation. In terms of content knowledge learning gain, we achieved a 0.41 mean gain with a 0.19 standard deviation on a custom hybrid concept inventory, mirroring the high gains seen in other highly interactive physics and astronomy courses. This study shows that a studio-based approach to tertiary introductory astronomy can be viable and successful. We also achieved a significant reduction in overall failure rates from 11-15% between 2012-2014 to 4% in 2015, which we hope is the result of a better student engagement. We will continue to measure effectiveness of our teaching approach and how it reflects on our students' learning gains and success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Volume24
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Active teaching
  • collaborative learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Science education
  • Studio-based teaching

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Implementing a studio-based flipped classroom in a first year astronomy course. / Lazendic-Galloway, Jasmina; Fitzgerald, Michael; McKinnon, David H.

In: International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, Vol. 24, No. 5, 2016, p. 35-47.

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