New Curriculum Review: Cengage Astronomy

Cengage’s Foundations of Astronomy (Cengage Astronomy) is a comprehensive science program for high school Astronomy. The program focuses on developing students’ understanding of astronomy through the scientific method. Learning List reviewed the version of the material submitted for state adoption in Texas under Proclamation 2024.

Cengage Astronomy organizes the eBook into six parts, each of which focuses on major concepts in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Chapters open with an image that represents the content of the chapter, an overview of the chapter, and questions to guide student thinking as they read the content.

The primary student activities in the student book are reading to learn and answering questions. Chapters include numerous charts, graphs, and images to help students understand the concepts. Periodically, callouts support students in understanding the scientific method, scientific processes, and how scientists think and work. Each chapter concludes with a summary of each section in the chapter and questions of various types to assess student learning. Summative assessments were not evident. Teachers can create their own tests in the Cognero Test Bank.

The materials are available in print and digital format. A student eBook is available through Cengage’s Webassign platform. The primary teacher material is provided on a separate companion site with numerous instructional resources. The companion site does not connect to the student platform.

Learn more about the material’s rigor and supports available for students by reading Learning List’s editorial review.

Learning List has recently reviewed these other science materials by Cengage: Biology, World of Chemistry, Body Structures and Functions, Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investgations, Oceanography, and Earth Science.

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About National Geographic/Cengage*

National Geographic Learning, a part of Cengage Learning, is a leading educational publisher of PreK–12 School and English Language Teaching. At National Geographic Learning, we believe that an engaged and motivated learner will be a successful one, and we design our materials with a highly interactive storytelling approach which is a great way to invoke these connections.

*Content in this section is adapted from National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning

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