Toward a Methodology for Informal Astronomy Education Research
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.
Stroud, N., Groome, M., Connolly, R., & Sheppard, K. 2006, Astronomy Education Review, 5(2), p.146–158