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Paper: EPO and Astro 101: Shotgun Wedding, Marriage of Convenience, or Meaningful Relationship?
Volume: 443, Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach
Page: 3
Authors: Fraknoi, A.; CoBabe-Ammann, E.; Prather, E.
Abstract: Astro 101 touches the widest audiences imaginable—interested generalists, future teachers (whether they know it or not), soon-to-be citizen scientists, and students who will eventually end up heading into STEM careers. NASA's Space Mission Directorate Education and Public Outreach has, as its mandate, all of these audiences as target clients—although we identify them more formally (e.g., informal and formal education, outreach, and higher education). The question on the table is this: should there be a relationship between these two—and is there? Is that relationship taking full advantage of what the other has to offer? Or should it just be left up to the vagaries of individual instructors to find their place in the NASA Science Mission Diretorate (SMD) EPO landscape? Should EPO professionals assume that, within their definitions, they've covered all of the bases? Where do research-based best practices fit into both worlds? Where does the “pipeline” fit into all of this?
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