Charles Kerton

Iowa State University

Charles Kerton is an observational astronomer in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Iowa State University. His current research focuses on infrared and radio studies of massive star formation and makes extensive use of data collected by volunteers taking part in the citizen science "Milky Way Project". He has a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Toronto, and an MS in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii, reflecting his lifelong interest in both astronomy and Earth science. On the science education front, he is interested in issues related to effective online teaching, the construction of low-cost lab experiments, and the utilization of both traditional planetarium shows and desktop/laptop planetarium software in teaching astronomy.

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Rock Experts: an innovative rock lab for preservice elementary teachers part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Rocks are part of the curriculum of all introductory geology labs. To avoid having students memorize names and complete worksheets without understanding the significance of rocks as fundamental components of the ...

The impact of inquiry-based instructional methods in improving pre-service K-5 teachers' self-efficacy part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
It is known that pre-service elementary school teachers have low science teaching self-efficacy (i.e., low confidence in their ability to teach science), which in turn can influence negatively the quality of ...