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Citizen Inquiry: A Synergy of Inquiry Learning, Online Social Networking and Citizen Science

Maria Aristeidou , Eileen Scanlon, Mike Sharples

Institute of Educational Technology

The Open University


Outline Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • Problem definition

  • Background

  • Aim of the research

  • Research question

  • Methodology

  • Pilot study

  • What’s next?


Problem Definition Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • Lack of scientific literacy:

    • 56% of the citizens in the U.K. do not feel informed about science.

    • 32% of citizens report that they do not feel clever enough to understand science and technology

  • Need for involving citizens in a more end-to-end manner


Background - I Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • Inquiry-based learning:

    • Learning science by doing scientific work

    • Engagement of learners in the processes of science

    • Knowledge as isolated facts that have nothing to do with the real world

  • Personal Inquiry project (nQuire)

    • www.pi-project.ac.uk


  • School based Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • Personal Inquiries

  • Inquiry process

  • Tools

  • Communication


Background - II Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • Citizen Science:

    • “Volunteers partner with scientists to answer real-world questions” (Citizen Science Central, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2013).

    • Aim: to produce more science

    • Volunteers involved in data collection/analysis

    • Powerful tool for public education

    • Examples of well-known Citizen Science projects


Citizens classifying galaxies in Galaxy Zoo (left) Social Networking and Citizen Science

http://www.galaxyzoo.org/

Citizens adding observations, images and locations to iSpot (right)

http://www.ispot.org.uk/


Aim of the research
Aim of the research Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • “Citizen Inquiry”: New approach to technology-mediated science:

    • Facilitates citizens to run their own investigation

    • Combines Inquiry-based Learning and Citizen Science

    • Supported by web-based inquiry environment


R esearch question
R Social Networking and Citizen Scienceesearch Question

  • Can amateur scientists engage in successful inquiry based learning through

    • Peer collaboration

    • Mentoring by experts in

    • Informal settings


Methodology
Methodology Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • Design-based research method:

    • Sequence of design-studies

    • Qualitative and quantitative research

    • Analyses the interactions of participants with the technology, the activities and the other participants.

  • Design-study #1: Pilot study


  • Expert and Amateur Geologists Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • Online platform nQuire

  • Rock Investigations

  • Data collection:

    • Questionnaires, System Usability Scale, published investigations, Online focus group discussion, online and face-to-face interviews


Inquiry Results Social Networking and Citizen Science

Inquiry Diagram

nQuire Forum


What s next
What’s next? Social Networking and Citizen Science

  • Data analysis:

    • Engagement with the inquiry process

    • Forms of engagement

    • Types and use of support

    • Effectiveness of nQuire tools

  • Understanding of citizens’ engagement in online scientific investigation

    • Re-design of pedagogy and technology

    • Design-study #2


Thank you
Thank you! Social Networking and Citizen Science


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