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ERIC Number: EJ1176239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 52
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8326
Authentic Science with Citizen Science and Student-Driven Science Fair Projects
Koomen, Michele Hollingsworth; Rodriguez, Elizabeth; Hoffman, Alissa; Petersen, Cindy; Oberhauser, Karen
Science Education, v102 n3 p593-644 May 2018
This study reports on the process and development of middle school science fair projects inspired by a summer science program of citizen science monitoring (Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project) with their classroom teacher. We gathered and analyzed qualitative data (interviews, focus groups, and project boards). Our analysis revealed three key findings: (1) the process of developing and completing a student-driven investigation for a science fair engages students in the scientific practices envisioned by the "Next Generation Science Standards," (2) citizen science served as a springboard for the development of authentic participation in science, and (3) there are dual roles of a teacher as both mentor and master. Our findings have important implications for science education and student science fairs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRK121417777