Scientific Value and Educational Goals: Balancing Priorities and Increasing Adult Engagement in a Citizen Science Project

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TitleScientific Value and Educational Goals: Balancing Priorities and Increasing Adult Engagement in a Citizen Science Project
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSickler, J, Cherry, TMessick, Allee, L, Smyth, RRice, Losey, J
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Volume13
Issue2
Pagination109 - 119
Date Published2014/04/03/
ISBN Number1533-015X
AbstractThe Lost Ladybug Project is a citizen science project that engages individuals and groups in research and learning about ladybug population dynamics. With a dual purpose of advancing scientists’ research about ladybug populations and achieving learning outcomes with participants, the project's summative evaluation led to critical reflection on the complementary and contradictory priorities within these goals. This article presents and discusses the scientific value of citizen scientists in this project, results of summative evaluation of outcome achievement with adult participants, and the implications to project efforts to transition adult participants from basic contributors to more deeply engaged citizen scientists.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2014.947051