22. Young people and citizen science in education

Parallel session | Chairperson: Christopher Tripp | Wednesday, 09 September 2020 | 16:00-17:00

16:00-16:20  |  22.1 Whose data? Whose project? Some considerations on children’s voices and choices in citizen science and participatory research

Author/s: Nadja Kerschhofer-Puhalo

Presenter: Nadja Kerschhofer-Puhalo

While many citizen science studies focus on adults, the participation of children in the research process requires a number of additional considerations that are not yet discussed sufficiently. This paper will focus on young participants (age 8-11) who took part in the Sparkling Science project “My Literacies”. As I will argue, due to the institutional framing in school and the fragile and sensitive status of young children in this context, the participation of children requires a particularly careful consideration of several dimensions at all stages of the research process, where macro- and micro-ethical aspects have to be considered.

16:20-16:40  |  22.2 Effects of different participation levels in a citizen science project on pupils

Author/s: Josephine Berndt and Sandra Nitz

Presenter: Josephine Berndt

Citizen Science (CS) projects have a great potential for participants to learn about science. Several studies show that participating in CS have differnt impacts on participants. One reason for the different results can be the different designs of the citizen science projects and especially the participation at the scientific process. Based on these, the reasearch question ist: On which level of participation do we achieve the greatest learning potential for pupils? To answer this question we developed a CS project called "QueichNet" with three experimental groups for schools and the pupils answered to questionares before and after.

16:40-17:00  |  22.3 Partnering science education research and citizen science practice: lessons from using a design-based research approach in the informal learning setting of natural history museums

Author/s: Jessica Wardlaw, Heidi Ballard, Lucy Robinson, Rebecca Johnson, Alison Young, Lila Higgins, Christothea Herodotou, Julia Lorke, Maryam Ghadiri Khanaposhtani, Annie Miller, Sasha Pratt-Taweh, Jessie Jennewein, Maria Aristeidou, Victoria Burton, Tina Papathoma and Grant Miller

Presenter: Jessica Wardlaw

For three years, a Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) has been working to foster the environmental science agency (ESA) of young participants in Citizen Science programmes in natural history museums, by using a Design-Based Research (DBR) approach. This presentation reports what we mean by ESA and DBR, as well how the collaboration has adopted and adapted DBR through specific examples of the interventions made to foster ESA. We report the challenges and, successes and opportunities we have found of using DBR for facilitating this process in a RPP.

Link to slides: http://tiny.cc/ECSA2020_Wardlaw