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Research Related to Planetaria
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Theses related to planetaria

compiled by Dr. Ka Chun Yu, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

  • Akey, J.M. 1973, The behavioral selection of planetarium concepts appropriate for second grade students
  • Bishop, J.E., 1980, The development and testing of a participatory planetarium unit emphasizing projective astronomy concepts and utilizing the Karplus learning cycle, student model manipulation, and student drawing with eighth grade students
  • Bondurant, Jr, R.L. 1975, An assessment of certain skills possessed by fifth-grade students used to successfully identify constellations in a planetarium
  • Bosco, J.M., Jr. 1976, An experimental study of the comparison of a planetarium vs. classroom laboratory in teaching topics in astronomy
  • Brazell, B.D. 2009, Planetarium instructional efficacy: a research synthesis
  • Burnette, W.N. 1976, Use of the planetarium in changing attitudes and achievement in earth-space science education
  • Cheney, T. 1991, A comparison of the effectiveness of the portable Starlab planetarium and the traditional classroom in the teaching astronomical concepts
  • Cottrill, P.K., 1976, A study comparing achievement of fourth grade classes in indirect and direct approaches to planetarium teaching
  • Curtin, J.T. 1967, An analysis of planetarium program content and the classification of demonstrators' questions.
  • Dean, N.J. 1971, Guidelines in the selection of planetarium instruments
  • Detrick, W.S. 1999, Effective use of a computer planetarium to improve students' understanding of moon phases and eclipses
  • Dobson, H.D. 1983, An experimental study of the effectiveness of the planetarium in teaching selected science concepts in the middle school
  • Downing, G.L. 1970, Role of the planetarium in adult education in the United States and Canada
  • Dunlop, J.A. 1999, Changing children's astronomical ideas
  • Edoff, J.D. 1982, An experimental study of the effectiveness of manipulative use in planetarium astronomy lessons for fifth and eighth grade students
  • Evans, C.J. 1968, Use of the planetarium in developing and retaining basic concepts in a fifth grade astronomy unit
  • Firniss, K.P. 1980, The application of the planetarium as an educational institute tool
  • Fletcher, J.K. 1977, An experimental comparison of the effectiveness of a traditional type planetarium program and a participatory type planetarium program
  • Giles, G.W. 1981, A comparison of effectiveness of advance organizers and clustering singly and in combination upon learning in the planetarium
  • Gillette, S. 2013, The effects of seductive details in an inflatable planetarium
  • Hayward, R.R. 1975, The developing and field testing of an instrument using the planetarium to evaluate the attainment of the concept of annual motion
  • Jacobson, J. 2008, Ancient architecture in virtual reality does immersion really aid learning?
  • Jongeward, A.E. 2014, How are Montana's science teachers using the Taylor planetarium as a teaching tool?
  • Marché, J.D., II, 1999, Theaters of time and space: The American planetarium community, 1930-1970
  • Mallon, G.L. 1980, Student achievement and attitudes in astronomy: an experimental study of the effectiveness of a traditional "star show" planetarium program and a "participatory oriented planetarium" program
  • Martimbeau, N. 2000, Study of Astronomy Education in American and Canadian Planetaria
  • Meyer, J.R. 2000, The effects of three types of pre- and post-planetarium/Starlab-visit instruction methods on astronomy concepts and attitudes of sixth grade students
  • Moore, M.G., 1965, An analysis and evaluation of planetarium programming as it relates to the science education op adults in the community
  • Ortell, E.D. 1977, The value of the planetarium as an instructional device
  • Palmer, J.C. 2007, The efficacy of planetarium experiences to teach specific science concepts
  • Petrie, K.B. 2013, Early Childhood Learning in Preschool Planetarium Programs
  • Pitluga, L. 1971, An experimental comparison of planetarium teaching programs
  • Platco, N. L. 2005, A comparative study of the effectiveness of "Star Show" vs. "Participatory Oriented Planetarium" lessons in a middle school Starlab setting
  • Plummer, J. D. 2006, Students' development of astronomy concepts across time
  • Reed, G.F., 1970, A comparison of the effectiveness of the planetarium and the classroom chalkboard and celestial globe in the teaching of specific astronomical concepts
  • Ridky, R.W. 1974, A study of planetarium effectiveness on student achievement, perceptions and retention
  • Rosemergy, John, 1967, An experimental study of the effectiveness of a planetarium in teaching selected astronomical phenomena to sixth-grade children.
  • Rutherford, L.B. 2004, Exploring alternative conceptions of teachers and informal educators concerning selected astronomy concepts
  • Sarrazine, A.R. 2005, Addressing astronomy misconceptions and achieving National Science Standards utilizing aspects of multiple intelligences theory in the classroom and the planetarium
  • Serra, C.M. 1975, Interdisciplinary uses of the planetarium in elementary education
  • Schmoll, S.E. 2013, Toward a Framework for Integrating Planetarium and Classroom Learning
  • Smith, B.A. 1966, An experimental comparison of two techniques (planetarium lecture-demonstration and classroom lecture-demonstration) of teaching selected astronomical concepts to sixth-grade students
  • Sonntag, M.S. 1981, An experimental study of teaching method, spatial orientation ability, and achievement in selected topics of positional astronomy
  • Sunal, D.W. 1973, The planetarium in education: an experimental study of the attainment of perceived goals
  • Tuttle, D.E., 1965, Effects of of the use of the planetarium spatial concepts upon ·the development among selected sixth grade students in Elgin
  • Twiest, M.G. 1989, The attitudinal and cognitive effects of planetarium integration in teaching selected astronomical concepts to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students
  • Wright, D.L.C. 1968, Effectiveness of the planetarium and different methods of its utilization in teaching astronomy

Research papers involving learning and planetaria:

  • Baxter, J. H., & Preece, P. F. 2000, "A comparison of dome and computer planetaria in the teaching of astronomy," Research in Science & Technological Education, 18(1), 63-69.
  • Bell, R. L., & Trundle, K. C. 2008, "The use of a computer simulation to promote scientific conceptions of moon phases," Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 45(3), 346-372.
  • Brazell, B.D., Espinoza, S. 2009, "Meta-analysis of Planetarium Efficacy Research," Astronomy Education Review, 8, 010108-1
  • Carsten-Conner, L.D., Larson, A.M., Arseneau, J. & Herrick, R.R., 2015, "Elementary Student Knowledge Gains In The Digital Portable Planetarium," Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2(2), 65-76
  • Chastenay, P. 2016, "From geocentrism to allocentrism: Teaching the phases of the moon in a digital full-dome planetarium," Research in Science Education, 46(1), 43-77.
  • Cirstea, R. P. 2013, "Some Considerations on Educational Astronomy in the First Digital Planetarium from Romania, the Arges County Museum Planetarium," Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 76, 190-196.
  • Fisher, M. 1997, "The effect of humor on learning in a planetarium, Science Education", 81(6), 703-713
  • Gazit, E., Yair, Y., & Chen, D. 2005, "Emerging conceptual understanding of complex astronomical phenomena by using a virtual solar system," Journal of Science Education and Technology, 14(5-6), 459-470.
  • Giles, T., & Bell, P. E. 1982, "Investigating Learning Mediators in the Planetarium Classroom,"
  • Hayward, R.R. 1976, April, "The developing and field testing of an instrument using the planetarium to evaluate the attainment of the concept of annual motion," in The National Association for Research in Science Teaching.
  • Heimlich, J. E., Sickler, J., Yocco, V., & Storksdieck, M. 2010, Influence of immersion on visitor learning: Maya skies research report. Edgewater, MD: Institute for Learning Innovation.
  • Hintz, E. G., Jones, M. D., Lawler, M. J., Bench, N., & Mangrubang, F.  2015, "Adoption of ASL classifiers as delivered by head-mounted displays in a planetarium show," Journal of Astronomy and Earth Sciences Education, 2(1), 1.
  • Hobson, S. M., Trundle, K. C., & Saçkes, M. 2010, "Using a planetarium software program to promote conceptual change with young children," Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19(2), 165-176.
  • Jacobson, J. 2010, April, "Digital dome versus desktop computer in a learning game for religious architecture," in Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.
  • Jacobson, J. 2011, "Digital Dome vs. Desktop Display in an Educational Game: Gates of Horus," International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS), special issue on educational applications, Spring, 2011
  • Jacobson, J. 2013, "Digital dome versus desktop display: Learning outcome assessments by domain experts," International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), 4(3), 51-65.
  • Larsen, K., & Bednarski, M. 2011, September, "Assessing the Effect of a Digital Planetarium Show on the Astronomical Understanding of Fifth Graders," in Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach, Vol. 443, pp. 183-186
  • Mallon, G. L., & Bruce, M. H. 1982, "Student achievement and attitudes in astronomy: An experimental comparison of two planetarium programs," Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 19(1), 53-61.
  • Mintz, R., Litvak, S., & Yair, Y. 2001, "3D-virtual reality in science education: An implication for astronomy teaching," Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 20(3), 293-305.
  • Plummer, J. D. 2006, "Students' development of astronomy concepts across time," Astronomy Education Review, 7(1), 139-148.
  • Plummer, J. D. 2009, "A Cross-age study of children's knowledge of apparent celestial motion," International Journal of Science Education, 31(12), 1571-1605.
  • Plummer, J. D. 2009, "Early elementary students' development of astronomy concepts in the planetarium," Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46(2), 192-209.
  • Plummer, J. D., & Krajcik, J. 2010, "Building a learning progression for celestial motion: Elementary levels from an earth-based perspective," Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47(7), 768-787.
  • Plummer, J. D., & Small, K. J. 2013, "Informal science educators' pedagogical choices and goals for learners: The case of planetarium professionals," Astronomy Education Review, 12(1), 010105.
  • Plummer, J. D., Kocareli, A., & Slagle, C. 2014, "Learning to explain astronomy across moving frames of reference: Exploring the role of classroom and planetarium-based instructional contexts," International Journal of Science Education, 36(7), 1083-1106.
  • Price, C. A., Lee, H. S., Subbarao, M., Kasal, E., & Aguilera, J.  2015, "Comparing Short-and Long-Term Learning Effects Between Stereoscopic and Two-Dimensional Film at a Planetarium," Science Education, 99(6), 1118-1142.
  • Reed, G. 1975, "The affective value of a planetarium in the scheduling of a college astronomy course," School Science and Mathematics, 716-722.
  • Reed, G., & Campbell, J.R. 1972, "A comparison of the effectiveness of the planetarium and the classroom chalkboard and celestial globe in the teaching of specific astronomical concepts," School Science and Mathematics, 72, 368-374.
  • Schnall, S., Hedge, C., & Weaver, R. 2012, "The Immersive Virtual Environment of the digital fulldome: Considerations of relevant psychological processes," International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 70(8), 561-575.
  • Schneps, M. H., Ruel, J., Sonnert, G., Dussault, M., Griffin, M., & Sadler, P. M. 2014, "Conceptualizing astronomical scale: Virtual simulations on handheld tablet computers reverse misconceptions," Computers & Education, 70, 269-280.
  • Small, K.J., & Plummer, J.D. 2010, "Survey of the goals and beliefs of planetarium professionals regarding program design," Astronomy Education Review, 9, 010112-1
  • Soroka, J.J. October 1967, "The planetarium and science education.  Projector," Publication of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, 18-23.
  • Sumners, C., Reiff, P., & Weber, W. 2008, "Learning in an immersive digital theater," Advances in Space Research, 42(11), 1848-1854.
  • Sunal, D.W. 1976, "Analysis of research on the educational uses of a planetarium," Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 13(4), 345-349.
  • Trundle, K. C., & Bell, R. L. (2003). Using Planetarium Software to Teach Standards-Based Lunar Concepts. School Science and Mathematics, 103(8), 397-401.
  • Trundle, K. C., & Bell, R. L. 2010, "The use of a computer simulation to promote conceptual change: A quasi-experimental study," Computers & Education, 54(4), 1078-1088.
  • Türk, C., & Kalkan, H. 2015, "The effect of planetariums on teaching specific astronomy concepts," Journal of Science Education and Technology, 24(1), 1-15.
  • Yair, Y., Schur, Y., & Mintz, R. 2003, A “Thinking Journey” to the planets using scientific visualization technologies: Implications to astronomy education. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 12(1), 43-49.
  • Yee, A.H., Baer, J.M., & Holt, K.D. 1971, "An evaluation of the effectiveness school planetarium experiences," Educational Technology Publications, 41-1 -- 41-17
  • Yu, K. C., Sahami, K., Sahami, V., & Sessions, L. C. 2015, "Using a digital planetarium for teaching seasons to undergraduates," Journal of Astronomy and Earth Sciences Education, 2(1), 33-50.
  • Yu, K. C., Sahami, K., Denn, G., Sahami, V., & Sessions, L. C. 2016, "Immersive Planetarium Visualizations For Teaching Solar System Moon Concepts To Undergraduates," Journal of Astronomy and Earth Sciences Education, 3(2), 93-110.
  • Yu, K. C., Sahami, K., & Dove, J. 2017, "Learning About Scale of the Solar System Using Digital Planetarium Visualizations," American Journal of Physics, in press.
  • Zimmerman, L., Spillane, S., & Reiff, P. 2014, "Comparison of student learning about space in immersive and computer environments," Journal and Review of Astronomy Education and Outreach, 1(1), A5-A20


From Sharon Shanks: International STudies of Astronomy education Research database - or iSTAR

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