In this work we are exploring the interface between astronomy teaching and transpersonal psychology in the educational context. Our working hypothesis is that astronomy contents, when correlated with transpersonal psychology practices, can be used as a cultural and academic vehicle to develop a cosmic identity. Our research universe was a group of students attending the Astronomy discipline in an undergraduate Geography course. We use the phenomenological method and applied active observation, interviews and psychotherapeutic practices. The results indicate that the subjective experience involving astronomical phenomena allows students to relate their inner and outer world and to expand their environmental perception.

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Cosmoeducation
The emerging alliance of astronomy teaching and transpersonal psychology

Luziânia Medeiros   Rio Grande do Norte Federal University (UFRN)

Luiz Carlos Jafelice   UFRN

In this work we are exploring the interface between astronomy teaching and transpersonal psychology in the educational context. Our working hypothesis is that astronomy contents, when correlated with transpersonal psychology practices, can be used as a cultural and academic vehicle to develop a cosmic identity. Our research universe was a group of students attending the Astronomy discipline in an undergraduate Geography course. We use the phenomenological method and applied active observation, interviews and psychotherapeutic practices. The results indicate that the subjective experience involving astronomical phenomena allows students to relate their inner and outer world and to expand their environmental perception.

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