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Factors Contributing to Amateur Astronomers’ Involvement in Education and Public Outreach
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Model of statistically significant relationships between study variables, and proposed directionality of those relationships

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Independent and dependent variables examined

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Individual variables for involvement in education and public outreach

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Club-related variables for involvement in education and public outreach

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Examination of individual level variables from 2002 study potentially contributing to the amount of education and public outreach amateur astronomers participate in

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Table 5.

Club-related variables for amount of education and public outreach (2002)

Abstract

Amateur astronomers play a critical role engaging the general public in astronomy. The role of individual and club-related factors is explored using data from two surveys (Survey 1 N = 1142; 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 (male 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.

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