Meta-analysis of Planetarium Efficacy Research

December 1st, 2009 | RESEARCH

In this study, the instructional effectiveness of the planetarium in astronomy education was explored through a meta-analysis of 19 studies. This analysis resulted in a heterogeneous distribution of 24 effect sizes with a mean of +0.28, p<.05. The variability in this distribution was not fully explained under a fixed effect model. As a result, a random effects model was applied. However, a large random effect variance component indicated that study differences were indeed systematic. The findings of this meta-analysis showed that the planetarium has been an effective astronomical teaching tool.


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Team Members

Bruce Brazell, Author, Navarro College
Sue Espinoza, Author, Texas A&M University, Commerce


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1539-1515
Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.3847/AER2009033

Publication: Astronomy Education Review
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Page(s): 010108-1

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | 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