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ERIC Number: EJ1000176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Failures of Engagement: Lessons Learned from a Citizen Science Pilot Study
Druschke, Caroline Gottschalk; Seltzer, Carrie E.
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v11 n3-4 p178-188 2012
Citizen science is growing in popularity, but little research addresses participant learning outcomes. We describe the Chicago Area Pollinator Study (CAPS), which relied on citizen scientists to gather information about urban bee diversity and abundance. Based on pre- and post-CAPS participant surveys, we determined that citizen scientists collected an impressive amount of data and enjoyed the experience but did not achieve the educational goals we hoped for. We detail our failure to effectively engage citizen scientists in the learning process, and we make specific recommendations for creating the types of dynamic and mutually successful projects that scientists and citizens deserve. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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