Reference : An astronomical survey conducted in Belgium
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An astronomical survey conducted in Belgium
Nazé, Yaël mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > GAPHE : Astrophysique observationnelle (sol et espace) >]
Fontaine, Sébastien mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Institut des sciences humaines et sociales > Institut des sciences humaines et sociales >]
Physics Education
Institute of Physics
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[en] This article presents the results of the first survey conducted in Belgium about the interest and knowledge in astronomy. Two samples were studied, the public at large (667 questionnaires) and students (2589 questionnaires), but the results are generally similar in both samples. We evaluated people’s interest, main information source, and attitudes towards astronomy, as well as their supposed and actual knowledge of the subject. The main conclusion is that, despite a poor self-confidence, people do know the basic astronomical concepts. However, that knowledge is not deeply rooted, as reasoning questions show well-spread misconceptions and/or misunderstandings.
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