Using Astronomy as a vehicle for Science Education

Case Rijsdijk, PASA, 17 (2), 156.
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Using Astronomy as a vehicle for Science Education

Case Rijsdijk

South African Astronomical Observatory, P O box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa.


Recent history in South Africa has created unique problems in many areas. As a result of an unequal educational structure, particularly in science, there is a general lack of science literacy and awareness. Some years ago the South African Astronomical Observatory started a Science Education Initiative as a contribution to addressing this problem by using astronomy as a vehicle to stimulate an interest in science amongst teachers and students. This programme was given a boost by the South African government in 1998 and the construction of the Southern African Large Telescope will provide further stimulus to the Science Education Initiative.

Keywords: Astronomy, Science education

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