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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. Problem definition Background Aim of the research Research question

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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

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Outline
  • Problem definition
  • Background
  • Aim of the research
  • Research question
  • Methodology
  • Pilot study
  • What’s next?
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Problem Definition
  • 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
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Background - I
  • 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
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School based
  • Personal Inquiries
  • Inquiry process
  • Tools
  • Communication
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Background - II
  • 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
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Citizens classifying galaxies in Galaxy Zoo (left)

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
  • “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
Research Question
  • Can amateur scientists engage in successful inquiry based learning through
    • Peer collaboration
    • Mentoring by experts in
    • Informal settings
methodology
Methodology
  • 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
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Expert and Amateur Geologists
  • Online platform nQuire
  • Rock Investigations
  • Data collection:
    • Questionnaires, System Usability Scale, published investigations, Online focus group discussion, online and face-to-face interviews
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Inquiry Results

Inquiry Diagram

nQuire Forum

what s next
What’s next?
  • 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
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