Vol. 431 – Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future

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Volume CS-431
Editor(s): Jonathan Barnes, Denise A. Smith, Michael G. Gibbs, and James G. Manning
Print ISBN: 978-1-58381-742-1
e-Book ISBN: 978-1-58381-743-8
Published: 2010

On the heels of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, celebrating the famed peek into the cosmos through Galileo's first telescope, the question arises: What is next for science education and outreach?

Providing a forum for reflection, for sharing lessons learned, and for shaping resolve, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) hosted a conference for astronomy and space science professionals in Millbrae, California from September 12 to 16, 2009. During the conference, participants discussed current education and outreach research and practice and shared perspectives about the future of this field. This conference, the proceedings of which are contained in this volume, was divided into a series of conference strands that each represent an important aspect of this time of contemplation and decision about the future of education and public outreach (EPO) in astronomy:

  • Building on the Momentum of the International Year of Astronomy
  • Connecting the Sciences in the Year of Science
  • Refining Our Practice
  • Bridging to the Future

This volume is a resource for anyone looking to learn from or to reminisce about the year the world celebrated four hundred years of astronomy, and serves as a blueprint for future education and public outreach programs.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), founded in 1889, increases the understanding and appreciation of astronomy by engaging scientists, educators, enthusiasts, and the public to advance science and science literacy. Visit www.astrosociety.org for additional information regarding the ASP and how you can join the Society and support the cause of improving science literacy.

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