FREE-CHOICE FAMILY LEARNING EXPERIENCES AT INFORMAL ASTRONOMY OBSERVING EVENTS

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608007
Title:
FREE-CHOICE FAMILY LEARNING EXPERIENCES AT INFORMAL ASTRONOMY OBSERVING EVENTS
Authors:
Wenger, Matthew C.
Abstract:
This qualitative study is an exploratory look at family experiences at night time telescope observing events, often called star parties. Four families participated in this study which looked at their expectations, experiences and agendas as well as the roles that identity and family culture played in the negotiation of meaning. Two families who had prior experience with attending star parties were recruited ahead of time and two other families who were first time visitors were recruited on-site at the observing event. Data were collected at two star parties. At each event, one experienced family was paired with an on-site family for the purposes of facilitating conversations about expectations and prior experiences. The results of this study showed that learning is constantly occurring among families, and that star parties and family culture were mediational means for making meaning. Expectations and agendas were found to affect the families‟ star party experiences and differences were observed between the expectations and experiences of families based on their prior experiences with star parties. These data also showed that family members are actively negotiating their individual and family identities. These families use their cultural history together to make sense of their star party experiences; however, the meaning that families were negotiating was often focused more on developing family and individual identity rather than science content. The families in this study used the star party context as a way to connect with each other, to make sense of their prior experiences, and as raw material for making sense of future experiences.
Affiliation:
The University of Arizona
Issue Date:
2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608007
Submitted date:
2015-09-24
Document Source:
Dissertation/Thesis
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Curriculum/Program Evaluation
Empirical Methodology:
Qualitative
Learning Environment:
Informal
Research Setting:
Star Party
Subjects:
Families
Construct:
Affective Belief/Identity Motivation/Attitude
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorWenger, Matthew C.en
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dc.date.issued2011en
dc.date.submitted2015-09-24en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608007en
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative study is an exploratory look at family experiences at night time telescope observing events, often called star parties. Four families participated in this study which looked at their expectations, experiences and agendas as well as the roles that identity and family culture played in the negotiation of meaning. Two families who had prior experience with attending star parties were recruited ahead of time and two other families who were first time visitors were recruited on-site at the observing event. Data were collected at two star parties. At each event, one experienced family was paired with an on-site family for the purposes of facilitating conversations about expectations and prior experiences. The results of this study showed that learning is constantly occurring among families, and that star parties and family culture were mediational means for making meaning. Expectations and agendas were found to affect the families‟ star party experiences and differences were observed between the expectations and experiences of families based on their prior experiences with star parties. These data also showed that family members are actively negotiating their individual and family identities. These families use their cultural history together to make sense of their star party experiences; however, the meaning that families were negotiating was often focused more on developing family and individual identity rather than science content. The families in this study used the star party context as a way to connect with each other, to make sense of their prior experiences, and as raw material for making sense of future experiences.en
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dc.titleFREE-CHOICE FAMILY LEARNING EXPERIENCES AT INFORMAL ASTRONOMY OBSERVING EVENTSen
dc.typeDissertation/Thesisen
dc.contributor.departmentThe University of Arizonaen
dc.type.resourceCurriculum/Program Evaluationen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentInformalen
dc.istar.constructAffective Belief/Identity Motivation/Attitudeen
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyQualitativeen
dc.istar.researchsettingStar Partyen
dc.istar.subjectFamiliesen
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