Astronomy education lacks a unified, national support program. The nation's 1,200-1,600 high school astronomy teachers are generally isolated from their peers. As many as 7,000 other teachers would like to develop astronomy courses but cannot find suitable materials. Approximately 20 percent of a typical earth science course is astronomy, and studies show earth science teachers generally have weak astronomy backgrounds. Astronomy resources for elementary grades exist, but, as in earth science, teacher preparation is often insufficient. To remedy these problems a plan, called Project SPICA, has been developed by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
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"Science Notes - Support Program for Instructional Competency in Astronomy,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 26
, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol26/iss2/19