秋田大学教育文化学部天文台を中心とした天文教育普及活動について [in Japanese] Pupularization of Astronomical Knowledge in the Community Using the Astronomical Observatory of Akita University : The Case of Faculty of Education and Human Studies [in Japanese]
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The present paper reports on the study that investigated the effectiveness of the community service project that has been offered in the field of astronomical studies by the Faculty of Education and Human Studies at Akita University. One of the mid-term goals of Akita University involves providing nearby citizens with a variety of chances to make use of university facilities. This type of sharing academic knowledge and the provision of experiences in the field has been done by giving them a chance of viewing stars, and developing pedagogic materials relating to astronomy for the novice, to list a few. The astro nomical observatory that is situated at Akita University has been an important source of knowledge for the habitants of that area, as well as a tool for carrying out a scientific investigation. Although it has not fully been functioning as a research institute these days due to a lack of professional staff, its educational value deserves reappraisal, because quite a number of participants have joined the program to date, and the facility is expected to help them deepen their understanding of astronomy, thereby becoming literate in the field. To examine the effectiveness of the program, survey research was conducted to those who have participated in the program to date. Amongst a variety of findings, the most informative was that there were a substantial number of visitors who were interested in the project and who expected to join it to learn about astronomy. The paper concludes with suggestions for the further development of the project in the future.
秋田大学教育文化学部教育実践研究紀要 (30), 181-190, 2008-05-01