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  • for topics and themes what basic ideas are essential?
  • what are the goals of the instruction?
    • are the goals of physics instruction different from those of astronomy instruction?
    • horizontal curriculum – what are the goals beyond the subject matter itself?
    • bottom-up syllabus
  • what works?
    • presentation modes
    • math levels
  • possibilities of integrated design
    • integration of PER and AER results with subject matter
  • does the injection of astronomy into physics instruction lead to
    • better understanding of the physics?
    • better understanding of the astronomy?
    • improved motivation of students?
    • improved motivation of faculty?
    • appreciation of the breadth of applicability of physics?

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