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ERIC Number: EJ843459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
Effectiveness of Amateur Astronomers as Informal Science Educators
Gibbs, Michael G.; Berendsen, Margaret
Astronomy Education Review, v5 n2 p114-126 Sep 2006-May 2007
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) conducted a national survey of in-service teachers participating in Project ASTRO. The survey results document (1) the value that teachers place on supplemental astronomy education provided by professional and amateur astronomers, and (2) the difference that teachers perceive in the value provided by professional astronomers versus amateur astronomers. Survey participants indicated that they believe that the astronomer partner positively influenced students' attitudes toward science and that amateurs may be especially effective at the elementary school level. The results also indicate that as volunteer educators, amateurs are perceived to be at least as effective as professionals when partnered with teachers in the classroom. (Contains 6 tables, 4 figures, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A