AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 92 Astronomy Education: Collaborations and Research
Oral, Tuesday, 10:00-11:30am, January 10, 2006, Balcony B

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[92.05] Are You a Dot? Describing the Landscape of Astronomy Instruction in U. S. Community Colleges Using the NASA Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Web-Delivered, Searchable Map.

G. Brissenden, E. Brogt (CAPER Team, Univ. of Arizona), W. M. Greene (Navigator, JPL), M. Thaller (Spitzer, Cal Tech)

The NASA Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) is devoted to the professional development of introductory astronomy instructors, with the primary goal of building a ``community of practice." Prior to building a community of practice, however, one must try to understand the landscape in which the community is being built. To help accomplish this, CAE set out to answer the following questions: (1) Which U. S. community colleges teach astronomy? (2) What do they call it? (3) Who is doing the teaching?

Initial results identified over 1000 U. S. public, 2-year, accredited, degree granting institutions. Of these, over 700 offer courses in astronomy. These courses are taught under the headings of astronomy, physics, geology, Earth science, and natural science (to name a few), by more than 1300 instructors.

With these data, CAE has created a web-delivered, searchable, Interactive Map of 2-Year Colleges that provides institutional information (including course catalogue numbers and minority designation) for all U. S. public, 2-year, accredited, degree granting institutions offering courses in astronomy.

The NASA Center for Astronomy Education is supported by the JPL Navigator Public Engagement Program (and its planet-finding missions, including SIM PlanetQuest, the Terrestrial Planet Finder, the Keck Interferometer, and the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer) and by the Spitzer Space Telescope E/PO Program.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu

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