Over the past few years there have been a number of studies exploring the development of an interest in science and scientists' views on public outreach. Yet, to date, there has been no global study regarding astronomers' views on these matters. Through a quantitative analysis of reponses from astronomers on their views on astronomy, we investigate various trends present in the astronomical community.
Perhaps, one of the most important trend is the claim that education and public outreach is regarded as an optional task rather than a scientist's duty. Our study reveals that many astronomers are of the opinion that a larger percentage of their research time should be invested in outreach activities, calling for a change in grant policies.
How Astronomers View Education and Public Outreach: An Exploratory Study (Dang & Russo 2015):
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