Toward a Methodology for Informal Astronomy Education Research

Stroud, Nicholas S. and Groome, Meghan and Connolly, Rachel and Sheppard, Keith (2006) Toward a Methodology for Informal Astronomy Education Research. Astronomy Education Review, 5 (2). ISSN 15391515


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As the astronomy education community develops, a need has arisen for concrete research and evaluation methodologies, especially within informal educational settings. We propose one such methodology, action evaluation, which attempts to demystify the process of research∕evaluation and recruit as partners those who are traditionally left out of this process. Based on the tradition of action research, this methodology incorporates research∕evaluation into the fabric of programs and places the researcher∕educator in a centralized role. We provide concrete examples of tools that we have used to enact this methodology and elaborate using three case studies from our work in a museum.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 13:44
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 02:45

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