How Astronomers View Education and Public Outreach: An Exploratory Study"Over the past few years, there have been a few studies on the development of an interest in science and scientists' views on public outreach. Yet, to date, there has been no global study regarding astronomers' views on these matters. Through the completion of our survey by 155 professional astronomers online and in person during the 28th International Astronomical Union General Assembly in 2012, we explored their development of and an interest for astronomy and their views on time constraints and budget restriction regarding public outreach activities. We find that astronomers develop an interest in astronomy between the ages of 4-6 but that the decision to undertake a career in astronomy often comes during late adolescence. We also discuss the claim that education and public outreach is regarded an optional task rather than a scientist's duty. Our study revealed that many astronomers think there should be a larger percentage of their research that should be invested into outreach activities, calling for a change in grant policies."

Lisa Dang, Pedro Russo
(Submitted on 30 Jul 2015 (v1), last revised 31 Jul 2015 (this version, v2))

Comments: 6 pages. Preprint submitted to Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal on 30 July 2015
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as: arXiv:1507.08552 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1507.08552v2 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Pedro Russo [view email]
[v1] Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:45:10 GMT (252kb)
[v2] Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:28:08 GMT (252kb)

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