Type of Document Dissertation Author Hitt, Jr., Robert James Author's Email Address Rob496@aol.com URN etd-112999-132716 Title A National Survey of Planetarium Directors Operating Public-School-Owned Planetaria Degree Doctor of Education Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Parks, David J. Committee Chair Earthman, Glen I. Committee Member Graves, Dan J. Committee Member Parson, Stephen R. Committee Member Sughrue, Jennifer A. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1999-11-19 Availability restricted AbstractThis is a descriptive quantitative study of public-school-owned and operated planetarium facilities across the United States. A random sample of 210 planetarium directors was selected, and 131 were used in the data analysis to benchmark current practices involving public school planetaria in five domains: (1) the job of planetarium director, (2) the curriculum used in public school planetaria, (3) the organization of the planetarium, (4) the facility, and (5) the directors.
Data were collected over a 10-week period in the spring of 1999 with a mail survey containing 72 questions. Frequency counts, percentages, means, and standard deviations were used to report the descriptive data. Results and conclusions are organized around each of the five domains.
The major conclusion is that planetaria in the nation's public school systems are not in the educational mainstream as much as they were 20 years ago. Although some facilities appear to be well maintained and have added automation and new video equipment, a majority of the facilities are not properly maintained or supported by school administrators.
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