Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design
Released in November 2018, from the Board on Science Education, this report says that citizen science is uniquely positioned to support participants' learning about science. The report identifies ways that citizen science projects can be designed to effectively support learning. Citizen science has blossomed as a way to engage a broad range of individuals in doing science. Citizen science projects focus on "nonscientists" participating in the processes of scientific research, with the goal of advancing and using scientific knowledge. These projects enlist individuals and communities in a wide range of science-related endeavors, from counting particular species in the environment to monitoring for contaminants in streams to categorizing the structure of galaxies. The report recommends that projects be designed with the audience in mind and in ways that are inclusive and that support diversity. The report also recommends areas for research in order to advance understanding and practice.
Sponsors: Moore Foundation, Simons Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Science Literacy: Concepts, Contexts, and Consequences (2016) Science Literacy studies the role of science literacy in public support of science. This report synthesizes the available research literature on science literacy, makes recommendations on the need to improve the understanding of science and scientific research in the United States, and considers the relationship between scientific literacy and support for and use of science and research.
Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits(2009) This report examines how evidence based on research relevant to the development of DLLs/ELs from birth to age 21 can inform education and health policies and related practices that can result in better educational outcomes. This report makes recommendations for policy, practice, and research and data collection focused on addressing the challenges in caring for and educating DLLs/ELs from birth to grade 12.
Public Event (Agenda Forthcoming): Report Launch and Video Release Washington, DC - NAS Building February 28, 2019 Register Here
Science Identity and Agency in Community and Citizen Science: Evidence & Potential - Heidi l. Ballard, Emily M. Harris, Colin G. H. Dixon; University of California, Davis Read now
Designing Citizen Science Projects - Christopher Hoadley; New York University, Steinhardt Read now
Design-Based Research in Education - William A. Sandoval; University of California, Los Angeles Read now
Rajul (Raj) Pandya (Chair), American Geophysical Union Megan Bang, Northwestern University Darlene Cavalier, Arizona State University Daniel Edelson, BSCS Science Learning Louis Gomez, University of California, Los Angeles Joe E. Heimlich, Center of Science and Industry Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins, Arizona State University Bruce V. Lewenstein, Cornell University Christine Massey, University of California, Los Angeles John C. Mather, NASA Julia Parrish, University of Washington; COASST Tina Phillips, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Kenne Dibner, Study Director Kerry Brenner, Program Officer Leticia Garcilazo Green, Senior Program Assistant Jessica Covington, Senior Program Assistant Heidi Schweingruber, Director, BOSE
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