Factors Contributing to Amateur Astronomers’ Involvement in Education and Public Outreach

Yocco, Victor and Jones, Eric and Storksdieck, Martin (2012) Factors Contributing to Amateur Astronomers’ Involvement in Education and Public Outreach. Astronomy Education Review, 11 (1). ISSN 15391515

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Abstract

Amateur astronomers play a critical role engaging the general public in astronomy. The role of individual and club-related factors is explored using data from two surveys (Survey 1 N = 1142; Survey 2 N = 1242) of amateur astronomers. Analysis suggests that formal or informal training in astronomy, age, club membership, length of club membership, and participation in club service are factors that contribute to the likelihood of an amateur engaging in education and public outreach. Sex (male or female) and club service were found to influence the level of outreach amateurs engage in. Interventions designed to increase amateur involvement in education and public outreach should consider these factors.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 08:38
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/901

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