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ERIC Number: EJ991254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Connecting Teachers and Students to the Natural World through "Operation Spider": An Aspirations Citizen Science Project
Paige, Kathy; Lloyd, David; Zeegers, Yvonne; Roetman, Philip; Daniels, Chris; Hoekman, Brad; Linnell, Lisa; George, Ann-Louise; Szilassy, David
Teaching Science, v58 n1 p15-22 Mar 2012
This paper reports on a year-long citizen science project that focused on improving learning for students identified as most at risk of not succeeding at school. This project was one element of a broader university-based aspirations Initiative which aimed to engage students from low socio-economic schools in rigorous learning in order to increase their capability and aspiration to complete school and go on to university. With this objective, the university-based citizen science team worked collaboratively with four teachers from two schools who planned and implemented sequential lessons based on a citizen science topic on spiders. As part of their unit, the classes also participated in a science day visit to the university. In this article, the four teachers provided insights into one aspect of their changed practice. (Contains 2 tables and 2 pictures.)
Australian Science Teachers Association. P.O. Box 334, Deakin West, ACT 2600, Australia. Tel: +61-02-6282-9377; Fax: +61-02-6282-9477; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia