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Paper: Supporting Amateur Astronomers' Engagement in Outreach
Volume: 524, Advancing Astronomy for All (ASP 2018)
Page: 141
Authors: White, V.; Corin, E.; Summer, T.
Abstract: Amateur astronomers are a heavily utilized but under-appreciated source of astronomy education in our communities. From star parties to classroom visits, much outreach to the public comes through hobbyists, not scientists or professional educators. These volunteers have the knowledge and enthusiasm, but most are not trained educators. Hear from several projects about amateurs' motivations, audiences, barriers to engaging in outreach, and successful training methods. Session participants will share training ideas and engage in techniques useful for improving hobbyists' outreach.
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