ERIC Number: EJ924319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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Using Citizen Science beyond Teaching Science Content: A Strategy for Making Science Relevant to Students' Lives
Jenkins, Lynda L.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v6 n2 p501-508 Jun 2011
I respond to Pike and Dunne by exploring the utilization of citizen science in science education. Their results indicate that students fail to pursue science beyond the secondary level, in part, because of prior educational experiences with science education. Students lack motivation to pursue degrees and careers in science because they feel science is not relevant to their lives or they are simply not good at science. With this understanding, the science education community now needs to move beyond a discussion of the problem and move forward with continued discourse on possible solutions. Science educators need to focus on developing connections between students' everyday lives and science so that they will have tangible reasons for continuing with the lifelong learning of science. In this response, I will show that citizen science as an educational context holds much promise, respectively. Participation in citizen science projects moves scientific content from the abstract to the tangible involving students in hands-on, active learning. In addition, if civic projects are centered within their own communities, then the science becomes relevant to their lives because it is focused on topics in their own backyards.
Descriptors: Science Projects, Lifelong Learning, Active Learning, Educational Experience, Science Education, Science Instruction, Responses, Science Careers, Science Teachers, Hands on Science
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