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Literature in Citizen Science

Citizen Science + Education:

“Turning Students Into Citizen Scientists” book chapter by John Harlin, Leysin American School; Dr. Laure Kloetzer, Université de Neuchâtel; Dan Patton, LAS; Chris Leonhard, LAS; and Students at LAS. To be published in winter 2018 in Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy, UCL Press.

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The Journal of Emerging Investigators: “…where students become scientists”

The Journal of Emerging Investigators is an open-access journal that publishes original research in the biological and physical sciences that is written by middle and high school students. JEI provides students, under the guidance of a teacher or advisor, the opportunity to submit and gain feedback on original research and to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Because grade-school students often lack access to formal research institutions, we expect that the work submitted by students may come from classroom-based projects, science fair projects, or other forms of mentor-supervised research.

Challenges and successes in engaging citizen scientists to observe snow cover: from public engagement to an educational collaboration
Susan E. Dickerson-Lange, Karla Bradley Eitel, Leslie Dorsey, Timothy E. Link and Jessica D. Lundquist
JComm: Journal of Science Communication 15(01)(2016)A01 

“We engaged citizen scientists to collect observations of the timing of distributed snow disappearance over three snow seasons across the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. … Whereas the outreach efforts garnered abundant enthusiasm and publicity, the resulting datasets were sparse. In contrast, direct collaboration with an outdoor science school that was already sending students to make weekly snow observations proved fruitful in both data collection and educational outreach.”

This article is full of information that is useful for building CS in schools.

Bibliography from “Turning Students into Citizen Scientists” chapter in Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy, UCL Press.:

Bonney, R., Cooper, C. B., Dickinson, J., Kelling, S., Phillips, T., Rosenberg, K. V., & Shirk, J. (2009). Citizen science: a developing tool for expanding science knowledge and scientific literacy. BioScience, 59, 11, 977-984.

Jennett, C., Kloetzer, L., Schneider, D., Iacovides, I., Cox, A., Gold, M., … & Talsi, Y. (2016). Motivations, learning and creativity in online citizen science. Journal of Science Communication, 15, 3.

Jordan, R. C., Ballard, H. L., & Phillips, T. B. (2012). Key issues and new approaches for evaluating citizen‐science learning outcomes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment10(6), 307-309.

Kloetzer, L., Schneider, D., Jennett, C., Iacovides, I., Eveleigh, A., Cox, A. L., & Gold, M. (2013, November). Learning by volunteer computing, thinking and gaming: What and how are volunteers learning by participating in Virtual Citizen Science?. In ESREA 2013: Changing Configurations of Adult Education in Transitional Times Proceedings (pp. 73-92). European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA).

Paige, K., Hattam, R., Daniels C.B. (2015). Two models for implementing Citizen Science projects in middle school. Journal of Educational Enquiry, 14, 2, 4-17.

Randin, C., Engler, R., Normand, S., Massimiliano, Z., Zimmermann, N., … & Guisan, A. (2008). Climate change and plant distribution: local models predict high-elevation persistence. Global Change Biology, 15, 6.

Silva, C. G., Monteiro, A., Manahl, C., Lostal, E., Holocher-Ertl, T., Andrade, N., … & Brito, R. M. (2016). Cell Spotting: educational and motivational outcomes of cell biology citizen science project in the classroom. Journal of Science Communication, 15, 1.

Sverre, H. (2016). High school students as citizen scientists in air quality research – lessons learned. ECSA Conference, Berlin.

Trautmann, N. M., Shirk, J. L., Fee, J., & Krasny, M. E. (2012). Who poses the question ? Using citizen science to help K-12 teachers meet the mandate for inquiry. In R. Bonney & J.L. Dickinson (Eds) Citizen science: Public participation in environmental research. Comstock Publishing Associates, 179-190.

Vallabh, P., Lotz‐Sisitka, H., O’donoghue, R., & Schudel, I. (2016). Mapping epistemic cultures and learning potential of participants in citizen science projects. Conservation Biology, 30, 3, 540-549.

Vitone, T., Stofer, K. A., Steininger, M. S., Hulcr, J., Dunn, R., & Lucky, A. (2016). School of ants goes to college: integrating citizen science into the general education classroom increases engagement with science. Journal of Science Communication, 15, 1, 1-24.

Zoellick, B., Nelson, S. J., & Schauffler, M. (2012). Participatory science and education: bringing both views into focus. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10, 6, 310-313.

Citizen Science without specific “education” component:

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