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ERIC Number: EJ1256578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
A Study of Student Responses to Participation in Online Citizen Science Projects
Straub, Miranda C. P.
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v18 n5 p869-886 Jun 2020
In this study, students enrolled in a basic physics class participated in one of the online citizen science projects available on the Zooniverse website ( as a homework assignment. They then wrote a 300-500-word reflection about their experience addressing several questions given as prompts. The analysis of the responses showed that a majority of the students enjoyed the experience saying that it was interesting, fun, and accessible. Many responses described a part of their science ideas that were either confirmed or changed by the experience. The science ideas included statements about looking for correlations among many data, the need to observe these data in order to find correlations, and the inherent uncertainty of the task and the data themselves. The ideas about science and scientific research expressed were in line with a competent view of science (Lederman, "Handbook of Research on Science Education," 2, 831-879, Lederman, 2007; McComas et al., "Science & Education," 7(6), 511-532, McComas, Almazroa & Clough, 1998). The insight given by this study is that participation in a citizen science project can be educationally beneficial in learning about aspects of the nature of science.
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Language: English
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