Informal Science Educators’ Pedagogical Choices and Goals for Learners: The Case of Planetarium Professionals

December 1st, 2013 | RESEARCH

This study extends our understanding of the goals, beliefs, and pedagogical choices made by planetarium professionals. Interviews were conducted with planetarium professionals (N=36) to assess their goals for audiences and beliefs about the design of the learning environment. Classification of participants, according to a six-facet framework on effective learning environment design, suggests a range of perspectives on the design of the learning environment that primarily include learner-centered, motivationally-oriented, socioculturally-centered, and physically-oriented perspectives. Results also point to the importance of considering increased opportunities for professionalism in the field of planetarium education.

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Julia Plummer, Author, Pennsylvania State University
Kim Small, Author, Upper Dublin School District

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Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.3847/AER2013004
Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1539-1515

Publication: Astronomy Education Review
Volume: 12
Number: 1
Page(s): 1

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Space science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Planetarium and Science on a Sphere