Dr. Wooten is an education research methodologist focused on transdisciplinary possibilities in academia. She uses post-qualitative research methodologies to study how the field of science education research is developing and differentiating, and the possibilities of fostering connections across disciplinary siloes. Towards this end, she is currently integrating sustainability topics into her teaching of introductory astronomy, using civic-engaged, place-based projects.
transdisciplinarity, place-based education, sustainability education, methodological and pedagogical (in)equalities in natural science higher education
ASTR 1000 - The Solar System
Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Introduction to the night sky, planets, moons and the life in our solar system. Highlights the latest discoveries from space. For non-science majors. Some lectures may be held at Fiske Planetarium. Offers opportunities for nighttime observations at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Similar to ASTR 1010, but without lab. Degree credit not granted for this course and ASTR 1010 or ASTR 1030.
ASTR 1030 - Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 1
Covers principles of modern astronomy summarizing our present knowledge about the Earth, Sun, moon, planets and origin of life. Requires nighttime observation sessions at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Required in ASTR major/minor. Like ASTR 1000 and 1010, but taught at a higher intellectual level, including a significant amount of quantitative analysis. Degree credit not granted for this course and ASTR 1000 or ASTR 1010.