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The Astronomy of Many Cultures: A Resource Guide

Astronomy-in-Ancient-CulturesThe teaching of astronomy in our colleges and high schools often sidesteps the contributions of
cultures outside of Europe and the U.S. white mainstream. Few educators (formal or informal) receive
much training in this area, and they therefore tend to stick to people and histories they know from their
own training — even when an increasing number of their students or audiences might be from cultures
beyond those familiar to them. Luckily, a wealth of material is becoming available to help celebrate the
ideas and contributions of non-European cultures regarding our views of the universe.
This listing of resources about cultures and astronomy makes no claim to be comprehensive, but
simply consists of some English-language materials that can be used both by educators and their students
or audiences. This document includes published and web-based materials, plus videos and classroom activities. In this edition, we have made a particular effort to enlarge resources about African-American and Hispanic
American astronomers.

Table of Contents:
1. General Resources on the Astronomy of Diverse Cultures
2. Astronomy of African-American Cultures
3. Astronomy of Hispanic-American Cultures
4. Astronomy of Native North American Cultures
5. Astronomy of African Cultures
6. Astronomy of Islamic Cultures
7. Astronomy of Central and South American Cultures
8. Astronomy of Hawaiian, Polynesian, and Native Australian Cultures
9. Astronomy of Asian Cultures
Appendix A. Reports and Articles on Achieving Greater Diversity in Science
Appendix B. Astronomy of Ancient European Cultures

Read it full at https://astrosociety.org/file_download/inline/eb3601be-8e70-4f11-8e12-3c8c5b52e66a

IAU Symposium 367 to Stream for Free Online

IAUS 2020 SymposiumThe IAUS367: Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data Astronomy will be streaming much of their program for free on Youtube. The symposium focuses on the future of astronomical education in this new age of astronomical research. The symposium will be held between 8-12 December 2020.

The primary goal of this Symposium is to give perhaps for the first time a global vision of Education and Heritage in the frame of the goals of the IAU, taking into account the Plan 2020-2030 and to propose an eventual ‘next steps’ road map and a global astronomy education agenda for the next decade, while honoring the education from the past.

Topics include:

  • State-of-the-art of astronomy education in countries/continents in the framework of the 2020-2030 IAU plan.
  • Meta-analysis of astronomy education research on contents/school grade levels/focus on education cross studies.
  • Literacy in Astronomy.
  • Innovations in education methodologies and instrumentation.
  • Research into the value and influence of astronomy education in other disciplines.
  • Big Data in education and Open Astronomy.
  • Astronomy as an interdisciplinary approach to science education in all levels.
  • Inclusive education in Astronomy.
  • Use of Astronomy Education Research experiments and results by teachers and in  informal education activities (museum, planetarium, etc).
  • Cultural Astronomy and heritage and education: from Stonehenge to the Space telescopes.