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Full paper: Comparison of Student Learning About Space in Immersive and Computer Environments. Laurie Zimmerman, Stacia Spillane, Patricia Reiff, Carolyn Sumners. Journal and Review of Astronomy Education and Outreach, Vol. 1 No. 1, May 2014. Also available at

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Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research

A sciences education research team with the philosophy of "improving teaching and learning in astronomy and the earth sciences, through research, curriculum resources, and professional development."

From CAPER is the International Studies of Astronomy Education Research Database (iSTAR)—A searchable database of research articles dealing with a wide range of topics, including planetarium research. All entries include abstracts and many have downloadable pdf files of the research itself. 

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Astronomy Resource Guides from ASP

 The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, committed to advancing science literacy through astronomy, has a number of resources available through its website. Resources and Education links cover

Connecting Field Trips to Classroom Learning: Using the Planetarium to Support Students' Engagement in Science Practices

An invited talk by Dr. Julia Plummer, Pennsylvania State University, at the 51st Annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 14-17, 2015.

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ABSTRACT: The Next Generation Science Standards, and other policy documents for K-12 science learning, look beyond a focus on the content of science to include the practices of how scientists perform science. This talk will present promising evidence of the potential planetariums have in contributing to students’ engagement in science practices by sharing research conducted on what elementary students learned through a combination of planetarium field trips and classroom lessons.

For the classroom

  • From the Classdome: Collected columns by Jack Northrup from Planetarian.
  •  CERES Project 
    Through funding from NASA, faculty at Montana State University and classroom teachers from across the nation have developed an extensive library of on-line and interactive K-12 science education materials  for teaching astronomy. Closely aligned with the NRC National Science Education Standards, these web based lessons make maximum use of exciting on-line NASA resources, data, and images. In addition to classroom-ready materials using contemporary teaching strategies, CERES has developed several on-line NASA data search engines and two graduate level distance learning courses, available over the internet to K-12 teachers.
  • Free classroom clipart from Phillip Martin

CAISE: Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education

CAISE logoThe database contains project, research, and evaluation resources designed to support the informal STEM education community in a variety of learning environments. 

Classroom Lessons from IPS Members

Personal Constellations: a pre- or post-planetarium activity that students customize. From April Whitt.

Solar System Stroll: a pre- or post-visit activity focused on the solar system. The students calculate and explore a true scale model of the solar system; options included to accommodate various math levels. From Geoff Holt.

Teaching about the angle of insolation, aka The Giant Protractor Lab! From Mark Percy and Kim Preshoff, Williamsville North High School.


  • National Academies Press: Free PDF Downloads
  • Journals for Researchers and Practitioners
  • Type of Journal Title  Audience
    General science education research  Journal of Science Education and Technology Educational researchers involved in disciplinary, technological, and organizational aspects of science education 
      Journal of Research in Science Teaching Science education researchers

      Science Education Science education researchers
      International Journal of Science Education Science education researchers

    Astronomy Education Research Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE)  Astronomy and earth science education researchers and practitioners 

      Journal and Review of Astronomy Education and Outreach (JRAEO)* Astronomy education researchers and practitioners

    *On page it states: "As of June 11, 2015, JRAEO is no longer accepting submissions"

      Latin-American Journal of Astronomy Education Astronomy education researchers and practitioners

      Astronomy Education Review (AER)**

    Astronomy education researchers and practitioners

    **Ceased publication in 2013; all back issues available through

    NASA Resources

    See separate page of NASA's treasure of educational resources available at no charge.

    ESA (and other space agency) Resources


    See separate organizations page.

    Online Courses and other Educational Media

    See separate page for videos, podcasts, and courses available online.

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