A National Study of Planetarium Directors Operating Public-School-Owned Planetaria

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608086
Title:
A National Study of Planetarium Directors Operating Public-School-Owned Planetaria
Authors:
Hitt Jr., Robert J.
Abstract:
This is a descriptive quantitative study of public-school-owned and operated planetarium facilities across the United States. A random sample of 210 planetarium directors was selected, and 131 were used in the data analysis to benchmark current practices involving public school planetaria in five domains: (1) the job of planetarium director, (2) the curriculum used in public school planetaria, (3) the organization of the planetarium, (4) the facility, and (5) the directors. Data were collected over a 10-week period in the spring of 1999 with a mail survey containing 72 questions. Frequency counts, percentages, means, and standard deviations were used to report the descriptive data. Results and conclusions are organized around each of the five domains. The major conclusion is that planetaria in the nation’s public school systems are not in the educational mainstream as much as they were 20 years ago. Although some facilities appear to be well maintained and have added automation and new video equipment, a majority of the facilities are not properly maintained or supported by school administrators.
Affiliation:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Issue Date:
1999
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608086
Submitted date:
2016-03-25
Document Source:
Dissertation/Thesis
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Quantitative
Learning Environment:
Informal
Research Setting:
Planetarium
Subjects:
Planetarium Directors
Construct:
General Teaching Strategies
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorHitt Jr., Robert J.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T09:01:45Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T09:01:45Zen
dc.date.issued1999en
dc.date.submitted2016-03-25en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608086en
dc.description.abstractThis is a descriptive quantitative study of public-school-owned and operated planetarium facilities across the United States. A random sample of 210 planetarium directors was selected, and 131 were used in the data analysis to benchmark current practices involving public school planetaria in five domains: (1) the job of planetarium director, (2) the curriculum used in public school planetaria, (3) the organization of the planetarium, (4) the facility, and (5) the directors. Data were collected over a 10-week period in the spring of 1999 with a mail survey containing 72 questions. Frequency counts, percentages, means, and standard deviations were used to report the descriptive data. Results and conclusions are organized around each of the five domains. The major conclusion is that planetaria in the nation’s public school systems are not in the educational mainstream as much as they were 20 years ago. Although some facilities appear to be well maintained and have added automation and new video equipment, a majority of the facilities are not properly maintained or supported by school administrators.en
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dc.titleA National Study of Planetarium Directors Operating Public-School-Owned Planetariaen
dc.typeDissertation/Thesisen
dc.contributor.departmentVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentInformalen
dc.istar.constructGeneral Teaching Strategiesen
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyQuantitativeen
dc.istar.researchsettingPlanetariumen
dc.istar.subjectPlanetarium Directorsen
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