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Paper: The Effectiveness of Informal Learning in the Planetarium
Volume: 524, Advancing Astronomy for All (ASP 2018)
Page: 303
Authors: Schwarz, K. M.
Abstract: In an attempt to design more effective planetarium programming, I interviewed elementary students (grades 3–5) about the phases of the Moon. This was done prior to their visit to the planetarium but after all classroom instruction had taken place. The students then visited the planetarium where they were given a live, interactive presentation specifically designed to demonstrate how the phases of the Moon are created from multiple perspectives (Earth view vs. orrery view). Follow-up interviews were then carried out to determine what, if any, impact the planetarium presentation had on the students' understanding of the lunar phases. While analysis of the interviews is still underway, initial results show that the programming wasn't as effective as hoped. However, information was obtained about some student preconceptions.
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