Informal science educators' pedagogical choices and goals for learners: The case of planetarium professionals

Julia D. Plummer, Kim J. Small

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number010105
JournalAstronomy Education Review
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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