The UNAWE national node in Japan has presented the first results of its research on the impact of a certain form of astronomy education activities. The Japanese team, lead by Tomita Akihiko from the Faculty of Education at Wakayama University, implemented an activity called Uchu no O-hanashi (Story about the Universe) in many classrooms of nurseries, kindergartens and preschools for the last seven years. They researched to which extent this exercise reaches the objective of teaching the principles of science to children. To assess this, they used the four domains from UNAWE’s evaluation guide - Motivation, Scientific skills, Universe knowledge and Intercultural attitudes. This is the English version of this presentation.
UNAWE Japan/T. Akihiko