Space Voyage is "grounded" in multiple theories of education and psychology as well as in curriculum and instructional pedagogy and andrgogy. Pedagogy is the art and science of helping kids learn, while andragogy is the art and science of helping adults learn. Dr. Palmere's programs are gounded in a mix of pedagogy and andrgogy, This means appropriate models of instruction are used to help students learn, and at the same time encouraging students to take responsibility for strong work ethic, positive thinking, effort and perseverance. The learning setting is not where students are all working on the same concept at the same time, but more like creating the learning environment that is rewards creative behavior, accelerates learning and invites a multi-modal and self-paced achievement for each learner. Dr. Palmere's teaching model uses the authors below, who provide the foundation for Space Voyage and other Educational Adventures. An Educational Adventure immerses the learner in the skills and attitudes of a specific career area. This type of program inspires, motivates and empowers learning and achievement, while developing a sense of belonging within the group, and focuses on the joy of learning. Additionally, a clear focus is on the benefits of positive thinking, perseverance, good habits and following directions and during and after the program. Parents often describe Space Voyage as a cross between a good Montessori school (hands-on) and a great theme park (lots to do, and world class, with wow-aha interactive experiences).
The educational model includes theoretical underpinnings from the following authors:
* William Glasser's Control Theory, and Control Theory in the Classroom.
* Carl Rogers' Freedom to Learn.
* Paul Torrance's Rewarding Creative Behavior; and, Guiding Creative Talent.
* Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
* Bruce Joyce and Marsha Weil's Models of Teaching.
* Anthony Robins' Awakening the Giant Within (NLP); and, Unlimited Power.
* Georgi Lozanov's Suggestopedia and Outlines of Suggestopedia.
* Charles Schmid's The Lind Method of Accelerated Learning.
* Michael Gleb's How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.
* John Maxwell's The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
* Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats; and, Lateral Thinking
* Jim Collins' Triumph of Humility; Fierce Resolve; and, Good to Great (Level 5 Leadership)
* Doc Palmere's The Science of Success; Creating High Performers