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Paper: Understanding and Supporting a Culture of Public Outreach in Amateur Organizations
Volume: 431, Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future
Page: 289
Authors: Berendsen, M.; Ames, Z.; Figueiredo, C.; Storksdieck, M.; Stein, J.
Abstract: What types of resources can best support amateur science-based organizations who share their enthusiasm with the public? For several years the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) and Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), have partnered to conduct research aimed at understanding the culture of public outreach conducted by astronomy clubs and their members. Through this research ILI has conducted studies that yielded three main conclusions: amateurs want educational tools, pedagogical skills, and club organizational support.

With these ideas in mind the ASP began working on solutions to the amateurs needs in 2004. Since then the ASP has developed a number of solution approaches with extensive help from amateur astronomers around the country.
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