Education Committee members at IPS 2016 in Warsaw
Current Education Committee Projects:
Read the August 2014 Message
from Education Committee Chair Jeanne Bishop
The mission of the IPS Education Committee is to engage in projects that enhance planetarium education worldwide. We are continuously "Seeking What Works." the title of the Education Committee column in Planetarian. To this end, the Committee is composed of 21 individuals who have different talents in the field of planetarium education, including those who prepare programs based on developing cognitive levels and a region's required standards (topics and methods), those who are experienced presenters of educational programs for students of different age, and those who conduct and analyze planetarium research, and those who come from different world areas. A list of current Committee members is given below with contact information. Note the international nature of the Committee. If an IPS member wishes to join the Committee, please contact its Chair, Jeanne E. Bishop
Since the renewal of this Committee at the Beijing2014 IPS meeting, with Jeanne Bishop now serving as Chair, the Committee has worked hard to determine a set of goals. The list has varied in length through some months of deliberation, with the outcome of the following list. These are a set of action or working goals, and some of them may be modified as we go forward.
- The Committee will emphasize international participation.
- The Committee will collaborate with other IPS committees on relevant projects.
- The Committee will initiate the collection of information about astronomy education, related other science education, and educational planetarium programs in different countries. The Committee will prepare and disseminate a set of guidelines to assist collectors of this information and initiate an online survey to gain information. The Committee will facilitate publication of this information in Planetarian and on this website.
- The committee will encourage the dissemination of best practices in planetarium education.
- The Committee will work in various ways to help substantiate the important role of planetarium use in astronomy education, and, as possible in other subject areas presented in the planetarium.
- The Committee will encourage educational research in planetariums and suggest topics for planetarium research. The Committee recognizes that there is great diversity in planetarium facilities and audiences, so that different research topics and methods are appropriate in different planetariums and their different audiences.
- The Committee will share results from both general education research and from specific planetarium research, an encourage publication of planetarium research details in Planetarian.
- The Committee will prepare a document that can be used by planetarium staff to convince teachers and administrators that use of the planetarium is important and worthwhile.
- The Committee will promote and participate in developing guidelines for certification at planetarium workshops.
- The Committee will promote and participate in planetarium education sessions at IPS and other planetarium conferences.
Dr. Jeanne E. Bishop, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Westlake Schools Planetarium
24525 Hilliard Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145 USA
Susan and Buck Batson sbatsonGLPA@gmail.com
Pleasantville, Pennsylvania USA
Ken Brandt email@example.com
Director and Master Teacher
Robeson Planetarium and Science Center
Lumberton, NC, USA
Susan Reynolds Button firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarks to Clusters
Chittenango, New York 13037 USA
Dr. Debiprosad Duari email@example.com
Director, Research and Academics
M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research
Simonetta Ercoli firstname.lastname@example.org
Starlight - A Handy Planetarium
Perugia, San Sisto, Italy
Chrysta Ghent email@example.com
Researcher, Science Education
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania USA
Alan Gould firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrence Hall of Science Planetarium
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Tomáš Gráf email@example.com
Institute of Physics
Silesian University in Opava
Opava, Czech Republic
Francine Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Framingham State University
Framingham, Massachusetts USA
Aasa Roland Jacobsen email@example.com
Planetarium Director, Science Museerne
Kaoru Kimura firstname.lastname@example.org
Japan Science Foundation
Oded Kindermann email@example.com
Astronomy Program in Science Department
Jack Northrup firstname.lastname@example.org
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Dr. Julia Plummer email@example.com
Assistant Professor of Science Education, Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania USA
Dr. Shannon Schmoll firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Abrams Planetarium
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan USA
Patty Seaton email@example.com
Planetarium Director, H. B. Owens Science Center
Prince George's County Public Schools
Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland USA
Jenny Shipway firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Educator - Astronomy
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Dallas, Texas USA
Michele Wistisen email@example.com
Casper Planetarium Supervisor
NCSD Museum Consortium Liaison
Department of Teaching and Learning
Casper, Wyoming USA
Dr. Ka Chun Yu firstname.lastname@example.org
Curator of Space Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver, Colorado USA
Pawel Ziemnicki email@example.com
Planetarium Show Specialist
Copernicus Science Centre
Older Committee Documents
Education Committee Report
Students at an astronomy education workshop at Astronomical Center Rijeka, Croatia.
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