Participation in Study of Astronomy or Birding Hobbyists

Wanted: People with Astronomy or Birding Hobbies

 
WANTED: BIRDING AND ASTRONOMY HOBBYISTS


PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDY AND HELP US LEARN HOW TO ENCOURAGE THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIRDWATCHING OR ASTRONOMY HOBBYISTS.


We Need Volunteers for a new National Science Foundation sponsored research study of birding and astronomy hobbyists. Please consider volunteering to participate in an interview about your birdwatching or astronomy hobby/interests and background.

This study is part of a project investigating characteristics and experiences of people who are active in science-related hobbies. More and more people are engaging in science hobbies. Such hobbies are an important form of informal science education and contribute to overall science literacy. The study is intended to learn about how and why people choose to be involved in such hobbies so that such interests can be better supported. Science centers would like to know more about characteristics of science hobbyists and how organizations might better support hobbyists’ networking and education. Hobbyists can be a wonderful asset to communities and support for science across the county.

Participation is voluntary and any information you share will be recorded anonymously. No names will be associated with interviews; they will be identified only by number.

What will happen if you volunteer to take part in the study?

We are seeking about 30 people across Iowa who are willing to be interviewed. The interviews are an important part of the research that allows us to understand in depth how people involve themselves with their hobby. The interviews also will help us shape a larger survey that later will be given to a larger group of hobbyists.

This website asks you to provide your contact information (name, address, phone and email). A researcher from the study will contact you by phone or email and schedule a mutually convenient time for an interview. The interview will ask about your motivations and history of involvement in your hobby, the time and resources you commit, leadership roles in your hobby, and the role you perceive your hobby to play in your life. We anticipate that an interview will take about 30-45 minutes.

The information gained from this research project can help science educators and researchers understand how to better design and support community-based science programs.

The study is a collaborative project involving NC State University and Iowa State University and has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards for human research of both Universities. If you agree to participate, you will be given a consent form with additional information about the study and your rights as a participant.

Compensation
Individuals participating in interviews will receive a $10 gift card (Target) as a way of saying thank you for contributing to this research. We need your address to select volunteers from across Iowa and to mail the gift card to you.

What if you have questions about this study?
If you have questions about the study or the procedures, you may contact the researcher,

Dr. Thomas Andre, Iowa Principal Investigator, Iowa State University, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, N131 Lagomarcino Hall, Ames, IA 50011-3190, 515-294-1754 or 515-450-8034, tandre@iastate.edu

Or

Dr. Gail Jones, Overall Project Principal Investigator, North Carolina State University, Box 7801, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801, or 515-4053 or Gail_Jones@ncsu.edu
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