- A Guide to Conducting Educational Research in the Planetarium. Julia D. Plummer, Shannon Schmoll, Ka Chun Yu, Chrysta Ghent. Planetarian, Vol. 44, No. 2. June 2015.
- Conducting Astronomy Education Research: A Primer. Janelle M. Bailey, Stephanie J. Slater, and Timothy F. Slater. W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, 2011.
- A Review of Astronomy Education Research. Janelle M. Bailey and Timothy F. Slater. Astronomy Education Review, Vol. 2, No. 2. 2003. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2003015
- Finding the Forest Amid the Trees: Tools for Evaluating Astronomy Education and Public Outreach Projects. Janelle M. Bailey and Timothy F. Slater. Astronomy Education Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2005. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2004016
- Big Ideas: A Review of Astronomy Education Research 1974-2008. Anthony Lelliott and Marissa Rollnick. International Journal of Science Education, Vo. 32, No. 13, pp 1771-1799; 2009. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690903214546
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 www.eplanetarium.com/pdf/JRAEO010101A5LZetal.pdf
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, just released 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.
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.
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.
CAISE: Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education
The InformalScience.org 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 calcuate and explore a true scale model of the solar system; options included to accommodate various math levels. From Geoff Holt.
Another excellent source of lessons and demonstrations is The Universe at Your Fingertips, available through the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
National Academies Press: Free PDF Downloads
Journals for Researchers and Practitioners
NASA has a treasure of educational resources available at no harge. Finding them, however, can sometimes be a challenge. This page provides links to help meet this challenge.
ESA (and other space agency) Resources
There are a number of other organizations that deal with astronomy and science education. This page provides a place to start your search.
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