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.


(no document provided)

Team Members

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


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

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

Related URLs

EBSCO Full Text


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