Some Philosophical musings on the RTSRE conference
Keywords: Philosophical musings, Reflections, Robotic Telescopes
AbstractThis paper is written in response to an invitation after having had some discussions with the organizer, Dr Michael Fitzgerald. We had been discussing our reactions to all of the papers presented. I had been somewhat dismayed by the “lack of educational knowledge” displayed. Reflection revealed that this was not surprising given that so few had undertaken any advanced training in education. Many were scientists and experts in their fields of astronomy, technology or robotics. Consequently, I cover some key topics that I consider to be important in this domain. These include: the message systems of curriculum, pedagogy and evaluation in education; how these are typically operationalized; and, with this operationalization, how we encounter the problems made manifest during the conference. I offer some suggestions on how to overcome these.