As a first step towards improving astronomy education in schools, we at the OAE India Center are conducting a baseline survey to understand the current status of astronomy education in the country. The Baseline Survey is a 16-question instrument that investigates the students' perceptions of the existing astronomy content in the school curriculum, their basic astronomy knowledge, general interest level, access to astronomy resources, and connections of their cultural knowledge with astronomy. This survey is geared towards 14 - 15 year old students (class IX in India).
This survey is being conducted nationwide in 10 languages with over 2000 school students across a variety of settings (e.g. urban, rural, different school boards, and medium of instruction). The data from such a survey can yield useful insights that can help in developing improved astronomy curricula and effective teacher training programs in the future.
If you are interested in conducting the survey or collaborating with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get access to all updated survey related documents (example consent forms, coding scheme etc).
Completed survey: city locations on map
Collaborators - Moupiya Maji1,2, Surhud More1,2, Aniket Sule1,3, Akshat Singhal1,3, Pritesh Ranadive3, Kshitij Chavan1,2, Avik Dasgupta4, Masoom Jethwa4, Niruj Mohan Ramanujam5, Vikranth Pulamathi5, Vishaak K.B.5, Snehalata5, Punith R6, Amoghavarsha N6, Ajit Srivastava7, Subhendu Pattnaik8, Hum Chand9, Paryag Sharma9, Madhu Sudan9, Priya Hasan10, Meraj Madani10, Anindya De11, Jayant Ganguly12, Mumtaz Syed13, Virendra Yadav14, Kuntal Mishra14, Arjun Singh14, Pooja Joshi14, Mamta Gulati15, Twinkle Sharma15, Disha Sawant16, Syed Ishtiyaq17, Divya Oberoi18
1. International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy for Education Center, India ; 2. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune ; 3. Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education-Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai ; 4. Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Ahmedabad ; 5. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru ; 6. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, COSMOS Mysuru, Bengaluru ; 7. Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar ; 8. Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar ; 9. Department of Physics and Astronomical Science, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala ; 10. Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, Hyderabad ; 11. Hindu School, Kolkata ; 12. Regional Sci center Kalikut, Kozhikode ; 13. S-Matrix Explorers, Mumbai ; 14. Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational-Sciences, Nainital ; 15. Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala ; 16. Pune Knowledge Cluster, Pune ; 17. National Institute of Technology, Srinagar ; 18. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune