Public Outreach

Factors Contributing to Amateur Astronomers’ Involvement in Education and Public Outreach - Astronomy Education Review

Yocco, V.S., Jones, E.C., Storksdieck, M. (2012)


Amateur astronomers play a critical role engaging the general public in astronomy. The role of the individual and club-relate factors is explored using data from two surveys (Survey 1 N = 1143; Survey 2 N = 1242) of amateur astronomers. Analysis suggests that formal or informal training in astronomy, age, club membership, length of club membership, and participation in club service are factors that contribute to the likelihood of an amateur engaging in education and public outreach. Sex (mail or female) and club service were found to influence the level of outreach amateurs engage in. Interventions designed to increase amateur involvement in education and public outreach should consider these factors.