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Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research-CAPER
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Laramie, WY 82071
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Articles by CAPER Team Members (non-exhaustive)


  1. Slater, S.J., Slater, T.F. and Olsen, J.K. (2008). Survey of K-12 Science Teachers' Educational Product Needs from Planetary Scientists. Astronomy Education Review.
  2. Slater, S.J., Slater, T.F., and Shaner, A. (2008).  Impact of Backwards Faded Scaffolding in an Astronomy Course for Pre-service Elementary Teachers based on Inquiry. Journal of Geoscience Education,.
  3. Slater, T.F. (2008). First Steps Toward Increasing Student Engagement During Lecture. The Physics Teacher, 46(8), 554-555.
  4. Slater, T.F. (2008). The First Big Wave of Astronomy Education Research Dissertations and Directions for Future Research. Astronomy Education Review, 7(1).
  5. Slater, T.F. (2008). Engaging Student Learning in Science Through Writing Tasks. The Physics Teacher, 46(2), 123-125.
  6. Olsen, J.K. & Slater, T.F. (2008). Impact of Computer-based Instruction on the Astronomy Education of Students with Special Needs. Astronomy Education Review, in review.
  7. A Contemporary Approach to Teaching Eclipses. Proceedings of the Gahanna Conference on Cultural Astronomy Research in Africa (Jarita Holbrook, Ed.), in press.  T.F. Slater (2007).
  8. Analysis of the Astronomy Diagnostic Test, Astronomy Education Review. 6(1), E. Brogt, D. Sabers, G.L. Deming, B.R. Hufnagel, E.E. Prather and T.F. Slater (2007).
  9. Development and Validation of the Light and Spectroscopy Concept Inventory. Astronomy Education Review, 5(2), Bardar, E.M., E.E. Prather, K. Brecher, T.F. Slater (2007).
  10. The First Three Minutesof Class.  The Physics Teacher, 44(7), 477-478. Slater, T.F. (2006).
  11. The Need for a Light and Spectroscopy Concept Inventory for Assessing Innovations in Introductory Astronomy Survey Courses.  Astronomy Education Review 4(2).  Badar, E., Prather, E.E, Brecher, K., and Slater, T.F. (2006).
  12. Teaching Astrobiology with Dilemmas and Paradoxes.  Journal of College Science Teaching 35(6). Slater, T.F. (2006).
  13. Assign a Writing Task to Improve Student Engagement at Public Lectures. The Physics Teacher, 44, 25-26. Slater, T.F., (2006).
  14. Effectiveness of a Lecture-Tutorial Approach to Teaching Introductory Astronomy. In Teaching and Learning Astronomy (Proceedings from the Special Session on Astronomy Education at the 26th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union), edited by J. M. Pasachoff, New York: Cambridge University Press. Slater, T. F. (2006).
  15. Resource letter on astronomy education research. INVITED REVIEW. American Journal of Physics, 73(8), 677-685. Bailey, J. M., and Slater, T. F. (2005).
  16. Journey Across the Disciplines:  A Foundation for Scientific Communication in Bioastronomy.  Astrobiology, 5(5), 651-657. Offerdahl, E.G., Morrow, C.A., Prather, E.E., and Slater, T.F. (2005).
  17. Finding the forest amid the trees: Tools for evaluating astronomy education and public outreach projects, Astronomy Education Review, 3(2). Bailey, J. M., and Slater, T. F. (2005).
  18. Save Time With a High Performance Grading System. The Physics Teacher 43(6), 396-397, Slater, T.F. (2005)
  19. A Contemporary Review of K-16 Astronomy Education Research. In Teaching and Learning Astronomy: Effective Strategies for Educators Worldwide (Proceedings from the Special Session on Astronomy Education at the 25th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union), edited by J. M. Pasachoff and J. R. Percy, New York: Cambridge University Press. Bailey, J. M., and Slater, T. F. (2005).
  20. An Essential E-mail List Collection for Teaching Astronomy 101. The Astronomy Education Review, 4(1), Slater, T.F. (2005).
  21. Analyzing Online Data on Variable Stars:  An Authentic Research Experience for Teachers.  Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, 33(1), 71-75, Richwine, P., Bedient, J.R., and Slater, T.F. (2004).
  22. Reflecting on the History of Astronomy Education Research to Plan for the Future, Advances in Space Research, 34(10), 2136-2144, Bailey, J.M., Prather, E.E., and Slater, T.F. (2004).
  23. Emphasizing Astrobiology: Highlighting Communication in an Elective Course for Science Majors, Journal of College Science Teaching, 34(3), Offerdahl, E.G., Prather, E.E., and Slater, T.F. (2004).
  24. Assessment of an Internet-Delivered, Interactive Approach to Introductory Astronomy for Non-Science Majors.  Astronomy Education Review, 2(3), 2004.  Jones, L.V. and Slater, T.F.
  25. Research on a Lecture-Tutorial Approach to Teaching Introductory Astronomy for Nonscience Majors.  Astronomy Education Review, 3(2), 2004.  Prather, E.E., Slater, T.F., Adams, J.P. Bailey, J.M., Jones, L.V., and Dostal, J.A.
  26. Stellar Inquiry. The Physics Teacher, 42(7), 347-349, 2004.  T.F. Slater
  27. A Review of Astronomy Education Research, Astronomy Education Review, 2(2), 2003.  J.M. Bailey and T.F. Slater
  28. When is a Good Day Teaching a Bad Thing?  The Physics Teacher, 41(7), 437-438, 2003.  T.F. Slater
  29. The Invisible Universe Online: Design of a Distance-learning Astronomy Course for Secondary Science Teachers, Astronomy Education Review, 3(2), 2003.  J. Keller and T.F. Slater
  30. The Invisible Universe Online: Evaluation of a Distance-learning Astronomy Course for Secondary Science Teachers, Astronomy Education Review, 3(2), 2003.  J. Keller and T.F. Slater
  31. Responding to the Call for Change: The New College of Science Teacher Preparation Program at the University of Arizona. Cell Biology Education, 2(1), 29-34, 2003.  D. Tomanek, V. Talanquer, I. Novodvorsky, and T. Slater.
  32. A Stronger Role for Science Departments in the Preparation of Future Chemistry Teachers, Journal of Chemical Education, 80(10), 1168, 2003. V. Talanquer, I. Novodvorsky, T. F. Slater, and D. Tomanek.
  33. A Comparison of Group and Individually Completed Course Evaluations in Introductory Astronomy, Astronomy Education Review, 2(1), 1-4, 2002. T. Casey and T.F. Slater
  34. A New Model of Physics Teacher Preparation, Online Journal of Physics Teacher Education, 1(2), 10-16, 2002.  I. Novodvorsky, D. Tomanek, V. Talenquere, and T.F. Slater.
  35. Hints of a Fundamental Misconception in Cosmology.  Astronomy Education Review, 2(1), 28-34, 2002.  E.E. Prather, T.F. Slater, and E.G. Offerdahl.
  36. Learning Through Sharing:  Supplementing the Astronomy Lecture with Collaborative-Learning Group Activities.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 31(6), 384-387, 2002.  J.P. Adams and T.F. Slater
  37. An Online Astrobiology Course for Teachers.  Astrobiology, 2(2), 2002.  E.E. Prather and T.F. Slater
  38. Student Beliefs and Reasoning Difficulties in Astrobiology, Astronomy Education Review, 2(1), 5-27, 2002, E.G. Offerdahl, E.E. Prather, T.F. Slater
  39. Mathematical Reasoning Over Arithmetic in Introductory Astronomy, The Physics Teacher, 40(5), 268-271, 2002, J.P. Adams and T.F. Slater
  40. Observations of Student Behavior in Collaborative Learning Groups. Astronomy Education Review, 1(1), 25-32, 2002. J.P Adams, T.F Slater, R. Lindell-Adrian, G. Brissenden, and J. Wallace
  41. An Assessment Primer for Introductory Astronomy. Astronomy Education Review, 1(1), 1-24, 2002. G. Brissenden, T.F. Slater, and R. Matheiu. 
  42. Impact of National Standards on Research Equipment in the Classroom. The Physics Teacher, 40(2), 78-80, 2002.  J. Bailey and T.F. Slater
  43. Implementing a Web-Based Adaptive Senior Exit Survey for Undergraduates.  Academic Exchange Quarterly Journal, 5(1), 51-57, 2001.  J.P. Adams and T.F. Slater
  44. Bringing the Search for Extra-Solar Planets into the Introductory Physics Classroom.  The Physics Teacher, 39(2), 2001.  E. Prather and T.F. Slater
  45. A Systemic Approach to Improving K-12 Astronomy Education Using NASA's Internet Resources.  Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 20(2), 163-178, 2001. T.F. Slater, B. Beaudrie, D.M. Cadtiz, D. Governor, E.R. Roettger, S. Stevenson, GF. Tuthill
  46. What Topics Are Taught In Introductory Astronomy Courses?  The Physics Teacher, 39(1), 52-55, 2001.  T.F. Slater, J.P. Adams, G. Brissenden, and D. Duncan.
  47. Astronomy Concepts in the Project 2061 Benchmarks.   The Physics Teacher, 38(9), 538-540, 2000.  T.F. Slater
  48. Undergraduate Success - and Failure - in Completing a Simple Circuit:  Locating a Short in Students' Basic Physics Knowledge.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 30(2), 96-99, 2000. T.F. Slater, J.P. Adams, and T.R. Brown
  49. Qualitative Analysis of Collaborative Learning Groups in Large Enrollment Introductory Astronomy.  Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 17, 142-150, 2000. C. Skala, T.F.  Slater, and J.P. Adams
  50. Pre-Course Results from the Astronomy Diagnostic Test, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 17(2), 152-155, 2000.  B Hufnagel, T.F. Slater, G. Deming, J.P. Adams, R. Lindell, C. Brick, and M. Zeilik.
  51. Inner Solar System Concepts.  The Physics Teacher, 38(5), 264-265, 2000. T.F Slater
  52. Far Out Measurements: Bringing the Planets Closer to Home Using Image Processing Techniques.  Learning and Leading with Technology, 27(5), 36-41, 2000. T.F. Slater and B. Beaudrie
  53. Stellar Bar Codes.  The Physics Teacher, 38(1), 35-36, 2000. J.P. Adams and T.F. Slater
  54. Astronomy in the National Science Education Standards.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 48(1), 39-45, 2000. J.P. Adams and T.F. Slater
  55. Idea Bank: Using Inquiry to Teach Stellar Evolution. The Science Teacher, 66(9), 59-60, 2000.  T.F. Slater
  56. Long Term Sustainability of Teacher Attitudes in Astronomy.  Journal of Geoscience Education. 47, 366-368, 1999. T.F. Slater, J.L. Safko, and J.R. Carpenter
  57. Involving Students in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The Physics Teacher. 37(5), 264-265, 1999.  T.F. Slater
  58. Using Action Research to Bring the Large Lecture Class Down to Size.  Journal of College Science Teaching. 28(2), 87-90, 1998.  J.P. Adams and T.F. Slater
  59. Bringing Physics of the Sun to the Public.  Technological Horizons in Education (THE) Journal.  26(3), 74-77, 1998.  T.F. Slater, M.B. Larson and D. McKenzie
  60. Gender Differences with Batteries and Bulbs.  The Physics Teacher.  36(9), 526-527, 1998.  T.R. Brown, T.F. Slater, J.P. Adams.
  61. Integrating K-12 Hypermediated Earth System Science Activities Based on World-Wide-Web Resources.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 46(2), 149-153, 1998.  T.F. Slater, B. Beaudrie, and R.L. Fixen
  62. A Space-Age Portrait of the Active Sun.  The Physics Teacher, 36(7), 403-407, 1998.  D.E. McKenzie and T.F. Slater.
  63. Using Real-Time Earth and Space-Science Data in the Classroom.  Leading and Learning with Technology Journal, 26(2), 28-31,36, 1998.  T.F. Slater
  64. Teaching Astronomy by Internet Jigsawing. Leading and Learning with Technology Journal, 26(4), 28-31,34, 1998.  B. Beaudrie, T.F. Slater, S. Stevenson, and D. Caditz
  65. Two Models for K-12 Hypermediated Earth System Science Lessons Based on Internet Resources, School Science and Mathematics Journal, 98(1), 35, 1998.  T.F. Slater and R.L. Fixen
  66. Factors Influencing Kansas High School Physics Enrollment.  Kansas Science Teacher, 13(1),25-28, 1998.  T. VanGordon and T.F. Slater
  67. A Telecommunications Project to Empower Kansas Elementary Level Teachers as Change Agents for Integrated Science and Mathematics Education.  School Science and Mathematics, 98(2), 61, 1998.  T.F. Slater and H. Coltharp
  68. Using the Internet to Bring Authentic Science Investigations to the Classroom. Leading and Learning with Technology, 25(4), 28-31, 1997.  T.F. Slater and B. Beaudrie
  69. Science Picnics for a Life-long Learning Community.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 45(5), 304-307, 1997.  T.F. Slater, K. Goering, and K. Hill
  70. Planetaria One, Dinosaurs Zero:  First Period Score.  Invited Guest Editorial, The Planetarian, March, 1997.
  71. The Impact and Dynamics of Portfolio Assessment and Traditional Assessment in College Physics.  Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 34(3), 255-271, 1997.  T.F. Slater, J.M. Ryan, and S.L. Samson
  72. The Effectiveness and Management of Portfolio Assessment in Large-Enrollment Courses.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 45(3), 238-242, 1997.  P.M. Astwood and T.F. Slater
  73. The Effectiveness of Portfolio Assessments in Science.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 26(5), 315-318, 1997.  T.F Slater
  74. Portfolio Assessment Strategies for Grading First-Year University Physics Students in the USA.  Physics Education (UK), 31(5), 329-333, 1996.  T.F. Slater
  75. Teaching the Science of Moon Gazing.  The Physics Teacher, 34(6), 186-187, 1996.  T.F. Slater
  76. A Constructivist Approach to Astronomy for Elementary School Teachers.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 44(6), 523-528, 1996.  T.F. Slater, J.R. Carpenter, and J.L. Safko
  77. Strategies for Using and Grading Undergraduate Student-Assessment Portfolios in an Environmental Geology Course.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 43(3), 216-220, 1995.  T.F. Slater and P.M. Astwood
  78. A Program for Making Graduate Teaching Assistants Better Physics Educators.  Physics Education (UK), 29(5), 201-203, 1994.  J.A. Gilreath and T.F. Slater
  79. Portfolios for Learning and Assessment in Physics.  The Physics Teacher, 32(7), 370 - 373, 1994.  T.F. Slater
  80. Performance Assessment in the Introductory Physics Laboratory.  The Physics Teacher, 31(5), 306 - 308, 1993.  T.F. Slater and J.M. Ryan


  1. Universe.  R. Freedman and T.F Slater, 2010 (in preparation), WHFreeman Publishing, New York: ISBN:  not yet assigned.  This is a comprehensive textbook for ASTRO 101 courses.
  2. Astronomy Education Research: A Primer.  Slater, T.F., Slater, S.J., Bailey, J.M., and Lombardi, D. (2008). Published by WHFreeman.  Expected printing, December 2009, ISBN: not year assigned.
  3. Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy 2nd Edition, Prather, Slater, Adams, and Brissenden, 2007, Prentice Hall, ISBN:  0132392267
  4. Life in the Universe: Activities Manual, 2nd Edition, Offerdahl, Prather, and Slater, 2007, Addison Wesley, ISBN-10:  0-8053-1712-0; ISBN-13:  978-08053-1712-1
  5. Mysteries of the Sky, by Shannon Willoughby, Jeff Adams and Tim Slater, 2006, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa, ISBN-10: 0757539432
  6. Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy First Edition, Adams, Prather, and Slater, 2005, Prentice Hall, ISBN:  0-13-147997-0
  7. Insights Into the Universe:  Effective Ways to Teach Astronomy, Slater and Zeilik, 2003, American Association of Physics Teachers Press: College Park, MD (160 pages).  ISBN:  1-931024-04-9
  8. Learner-Centered Astronomy Teaching:  Strategies for ASTRO 101, Slater and Adams, 2002, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-046630-1
  9. Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy Preliminary Edition, Adams, Prather, and Slater, 2002, Prentice Hall, ISBN:  0-13-147997-0
  10. Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy:  Instructor's Guide, Adams, Lorenz, Prather, and Slater, 2002, Prentice Hall.  ISBN:  0-13-101110-3
  11. Astronomy Online, Slater, 2002, WH Freeman, ISBN 0-7167-9669-4
  12. Life in the Universe: Activities Manual, Offerdahl, Prather, and Slater, 2002, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-8053-8735-8
  13. Astrobiology in the Classroom:  Preliminary Edition, Prather and Slater, 2001, Pearson Education Publishing, ISBN 0-536-63543-9.
  14. Authentic Assessments:  Measuring K-8 Student's Progress Toward the Montana Science Education Standards, Slater and Slater, 2001, 373 pages, locally reproduced by the Montana Commission on Higher Education Title II Eisenhower Program.
  15. Media Activities Book for the Universe, Tim Slater, WH Freeman and Company Publishing, New York, 2000.  ISBN 0-7167-4131-8.
  16. Media Activities Book for Comins and Kaufmann's Discovering the Universe, 5th ed. by Tim Slater, WH Freeman and Company, New York, 2000.  ISBN 0-7167-4241-1.
  17. Mysteries of the Sky, by Jeff Adams and Tim Slater, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa, 1998. ISBN 0787251267 (second printing, 2000).
  18. Montana State University Bozeman Instructional Guide for University Faculty, 1st edition, Jeff Adams and Tim Slater, editors, August 2000 (locally reproduced).

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