Education and Citizen Science (Feb. 24, '09)

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Education and Citizen Science (Feb. 24, '09)

  1. 1. Citizen Science Presentation by Kumari Devi Sivam EDC 384P Equity in Science, Math & Technology Education
  2. 2. Two weeks ago we were debating the possible effects of having a more diverse population doing and making science.
  3. 3. Models of how this could be achieved <ul><li>Pipeline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to get as many individuals from underrepresented groups as far along the pipeline as possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stepwise; Assumes linearity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines science as a profession </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variants: leakage-stoppage (Seymour, 1995; various points emphasized (e.g. Primary, secondary, college, graduation, professional) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. © Rajesh Srinivasan
  5. 5. Alternate models Rather than a profession, science can be defined as a set of practices and topics of study that anyone, regardless of status, can potentially engage in. (e.g. citizen science) In what ways does this model hold promise for equitable access to and diversification of science?
  6. 6. I will present two broad categories of this type of science activity, one which I am very familiar with and one which I am not. Then I will ask your help to understand how they relate.
  7. 7. MONITORING <ul><li>Water & Air: intersection of science and law </li></ul>
  8. 8. Water monitoring
  9. 10. MONITORING <ul><li>Water & Air: intersection of science and law </li></ul><ul><li>Organisms: annual bird counts are classic </li></ul>
  10. 13. MONITORING <ul><li>Water & Air: intersection of science and law </li></ul><ul><li>Organisms: annual bird counts are classic </li></ul><ul><li>Health: patients (individually or collectively) gathering data on themselves to find patterns </li></ul>
  11. 15. MONITORING <ul><li>Water & Air: intersection of science and law </li></ul><ul><li>Organisms: annual bird counts are classic </li></ul><ul><li>Health: patients (individually or collectively) gathering data on themselves to find patterns </li></ul>
  12. 16. Citizen science examples, cont. ? TINKERING (HACKING)
  13. 17. Citizen science examples, cont. ? Anybody here jailbroken an iPhone?
  14. 18. Citizen science examples, cont. ? <ul><li>Maybe not “citizen science” but “consumer science” (??) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both have in common the accessing of power/ rising above passivity through STEM knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gender issues. Overt gender bias in NY Times article: Downes, L. (2005). A New Magazine's Rebellious Credo: Void the Warranty! The New York Times . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SES hierarchies unchallenged by this type of participatory science? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TINKERING (HACKING) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 19. Historicity <ul><li>Ultra-modern? </li></ul><ul><li>Old-fashioned? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Johnson, S. (2008). The invention of air: A story of science, faith, revolution, and the birth of America . New York: Riverhead Books. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conner, C. D. (2005). A people's history of science: Miners, Midwives, and &quot;Low Mechanicks&quot; . New York: Nation Books. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Combined = Return to roots </li></ul>
  16. 20. Task <ul><li>Make a Venn diagram depicting a relationship between these two categories of examples (monitoring and “tinkering” (hacking) ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can re-organize, re-name, etc the categories, but use two categories) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 minutes </li></ul></ul>
  17. 21. Task, cont. Now add another circle somewhere in your schemata: Science (or STEM, SMT) Now, add one more item: Democracy
  18. 22. Post your diagrams on the back wall for viewing during break. Thank you!
  19. 23. References & Resources <ul><li>Conner, C. D. (2005). A people's history of science: Miners, Midwives, and &quot;Low Mechanicks&quot; . New York: Nation Books. </li></ul><ul><li>Downes, L. (2005). A New Magazine's Rebellious Credo: Void the Warranty! The New York Times . </li></ul><ul><li>Ely, E. (2008). Doing Science, Taking Action. The Volunteer Monitor, 19 . </li></ul><ul><li>Johnson, S. (2008). The invention of air: A story of science, faith, revolution, and the birth of America . New York: Riverhead Books. </li></ul><ul><li>Louisianna Bucket Brigade: http://www.labucketbrigade.org </li></ul><ul><li>Marshall, J. A. (2008). Escape from the pipeline: Women using physics outside academia. The Physics Teacher, 46 , 503-507. </li></ul><ul><li>Miller, T. Citizen Science Projects. http://citizensci.com </li></ul><ul><li>Moore, Tamara. (July, 2007). Conversation at ICTMA 13, Bloomington, Indiana </li></ul><ul><li>Nijhuis, M. (2003, July 23). Passing the bucket: How the five-gallon plastic bucket came to the aid of grassroots environmentalists . Grist magazine . </li></ul><ul><li>Seymour, E. (1995). The loss of women from science, mathematics, and engineering undergraduate majors: An explanatory account. Science Education, 79 (4), 437-473. </li></ul><ul><li>Swan, Melanie. 2009. &quot;Emerging Patient-Driven Health Care Models: An Examination of Health Social Networks, Consumer Personalized Medicine and Quantified Self-Tracking.&quot; Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 2: 492-525. </li></ul>

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