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Josh Yates during a show about water in the UK

Katy Accetta, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center near Cleveland, with a friend

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Full paper: Comparison of Student Learning About Space in Immersive and Computer Environments. Laurie Zimmerman, Stacia Spillane, Patricia Reiff, Carolyn Sumners. Journal and Review of Astronomy Education and Outreach, Vol. 1 No. 1, May 2014. Also available at

Video: Connecting Field Trips to Classroom Learning: Using the Planetarium to Support Students' Engagement in Science Practices

An invited talk by Dr. Julia Plummer, Pennsylvania State University, at the 51st Annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 14-17, 2015.

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ABSTRACT: The Next Generation Science Standards, and other policy documents for K-12 science learning, look beyond a focus on the content of science to include the practices of how scientists perform science. This talk will present promising evidence of the potential planetariums have in contributing to students’ engagement in science practices by sharing research conducted on what elementary students learned through a combination of planetarium field trips and classroom lessons.


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CAISE: Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education

The database contains project, research, and evaluation resources designed to support the informal STEM education community in a variety of learning environments. 

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Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research

A sciences education research team with the philosophy of "improving teaching and learning in astronomy and the earth sciences, through research, curriculum resources, and professional development."

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From CAPER is the International Studies of Astronomy Education Research Database (iSTAR)—A searchable database of research articles dealing with a wide range of topics, including planetarium research. All entries include abstracts and many have downloadable pdf files of the research itself. 

National Informal Stem Education Network

NISE LogoNISE (or NISE Net) is is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States. They share programs and activities, professional development and awesome hands-on activity kits on a variety of STEM topics. For researchers, there are research reports, summative and formative evaluations, and a set of NISE evaluation tools.

Journals for Researchers and Practitioners
Type of Journal Title Audience
General science education research Journal of Science Education and Technology Educational researchers involved in disciplinary, technological, and organizational aspects of science education 
  Journal of Research in Science Teaching Science education researchers

  Science Education Science education researchers
  International Journal of Science Education Science education researchers

Astronomy Education Research Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE)  Astronomy and earth science education researchers and practitioners 

  Journal and Review of Astronomy Education and Outreach (JRAEO)* Astronomy education researchers and practitioners
*On page it states: "As of June 11, 2015, JRAEO is no longer accepting submissions"

  Latin-American Journal of Astronomy Education Astronomy education researchers and practitioners

  Astronomy Education Review (AER)**

Astronomy education researchers and practitioners

**Ceased publication in 2013; all back issues available through

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