Learning in Citizen Science
Item Type:Book Chapter
Citation:Learning in Citizen Science, K. Vohland, A. Land-Zandstra, L. Ceccaroni, R. Lemmens, J. Perell?, M. Ponti, R. Samson, & K. Wagenknecht, The Science of Citizen Science, Cham, Switzerland, Springer Nature, 2021, 283 - 308, Kloetzer, L., Lorke, J., Roche, J., Golumbic, Y., Winter, S., & J?geva, A.
Citizen science is a promising field for educational practices and research. However, it is also highly heterogeneous, and learning happens in diverse ways, according to project tasks and participants’ activities. Therefore, we adopt a sociocultural view of learning, in which understanding learning requires a close analysis of the situation created both by the project tasks and the dynamics of engagement of the participants (volunteers, scientists, and others). To tackle the complexity of the field, this chapter maps learning in citizen science into six territories, according to where learning might take place: formal education (schools and universities); out-of-school education (science and nature clubs, summer camps, outdoor education, etc.); local and global communities (neighbourhood associations, activist associations, online communities, etc.); families; museums (science museums, art museums, zoos, and botanic gardens); and online citizen science. For each territory, we present key findings from the literature. The chapter also introduces our six personal journeys into the field of learning and citizen science, displaying their variety and the common lessons, challenges, and opportunities. Finally, we present four key tensions arising from citizen science projects in educational settings and look at training different stakeholders as a strategy to overcome some of these tensions.
Author: Roche, Joseph
Other Titles:The Science of Citizen Science
Type of material:Book Chapter
Series/Report no:Journal of Science Communication
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Subject (TCD):Inclusive Society , Smart & Sustainable Planet , Citizen Science , Civic Engagement , ENGAGEMENT , Informal Science Education , Informal Science Learning , Museology , Museum Education , Museum Studies , Non-formal Science Education , Non-formal Science Learning , Public Engagement , Public Engagement in Science , Public Engagement with Science , SCIENCE COMMUNICATION , Science Education , Science Museums , Social Science Education , social engagement