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Why do citizen science at science centers?


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Partnerships between science centers and citizen science projects can result in both better science and deeper learning.... learn how! This is the second in a series of workshop slideshows on integrating citizen science into informal science education programming.

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Why do citizen science at science centers?

  1. 1. Why citizenand sciencescience centers?
  2. 2. (enabling deeper learning AND better science!)
  3. 3. ScienceCitizen science can have Societyoutcomes for: Individuals
  4. 4. including …
  5. 5. Research outcomes:documenting range shifts(Bonter et al. unpublished data)identifying potential mismatches(Batalden et al. 2007)identifying vulnerable species(Crimmins et al 2008, 2009)health planning(Levetin and Van de Water 2008)anticipating effects on water sources(e.g., CoCoRaHS)
  6. 6. and …
  7. 7. Learning outcomes: engage critical thinking (Trumbull et al 2000) science learning, bonding (Kountoupes and Oberhauser 2008) environmental action; social networks (Overdevest et al. 2004) social capital (Ballard 2008) improved policy (Wing et al. 2008)
  8. 8. Science centers can help makethe science better!(why you shouldn’t be shy about contacting an existing project about partnering!)
  9. 9. Engage new audiences More data in more places and from more perspectives.
  10. 10. Enhance detectability More eyes mean a better chance of actually seeing what’s there!
  11. 11. Address variability over time Repeat observations of the same, exact plant are valuable.
  12. 12. Understand local issues What does a single sighting mean in relationship to other things happening around it?
  13. 13. And… … science centers can help facilitate deeper learning.
  14. 14. Observers are everywhere…educators are not!
  15. 15. When observers becomeinquirers, the learning isrelevant and robust.
  16. 16. (we’ve got the scoop on this! ) Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) Inquiry Group Report:Public Participation in Scientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing its Potential for Informal Science Education (Bonney et al. 2009)
  17. 17. Remember this? Science Society Individuals
  18. 18. Here’s the scoop:
  19. 19. Here’s the scoop: Outcomes are related to HOW volunteers are involved.
  20. 20. Degree of participation: Contributory Co-Created ScienceDefine a question/issueGather informationDevelop explanations + ≈Design data collection methods SocietyCollect samplesAnalyze samplesAnalyze data ≈ + IndividualsInterpret data/concludeDisseminate conclusionsDiscuss results/inquire further ≈ +Bonney et al. 2009. CAISE Report.
  21. 21. Outcomes for: Contributory Co-CreatedScience + ≈Society ≈ +Individuals ≈ +(adapted from Shirk et al. 2012)
  22. 22. Numbers reached How might we bridge these two experiences? Depth of engagement
  23. 23. Numbers reached Science centers Parks Museums Aquariums Libraries Planetariums… Depth of engagement
  24. 24. Together,we can make THIS…
  25. 25. …also look likeTHIS!
  26. 26. Environmental activitiesA powerful integration of scienceand learning.
  27. 27. Environmental Values and activities Recording perspectivesExperience( Information internal) (external) Interpretation Empowerment Decision making (Adapted from Lawrence 2009)
  28. 28. Ultimately… bringing MEANING to thescience.
  29. 29. want to getstarted?See moreat…
  30. 30. Photo credits:Project FeederWatch, www.nestwatch.orgMonarch Larvae Monitoring Project, www.mlmp.orgSteve Wing, Community Health Effects of Industrial Hog OperationseBird, www.ebird.orgShermans Creek Watershed Monitoring Program, www.shermanscreek.orgOn Flickr: spooky05, sierraclub, deapeajay, abigailwoods, sierraclubResources:Bonney, R., H. Ballard, R. Jordan, E. McCallie, T. Phillips, J. Shirk, and C. Wilderman. 2009. Public Participation inScientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing Its Potential for Informal Science Education. A CAISE InquiryGroup Report. Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), Washington, D.C. OnlineShirk, J. L., H. L. Ballard, C. C. Wilderman, T. Phillips, A. Wiggins, R. Jordan, E. McCallie, M. Minarchek, B. V.Lewenstein, M. E. Krasny, and R. Bonney. 2012. Public participation in scientific research: A framework fordeliberate design. Ecol. Soc. Ecology and Society 17(2):29., A. 2009. The first cuckoo in winter: Phenology, recording, credibility and meaning in Britain. GlobalEnvironmental Change 19:173-179.For more