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Friday, May 19 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
D-09: Symposium: How do we figure out what works for youth in citizen science?

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How Do We Figure out What Works for Youth in Citizen Science?: Bridging Research and Practice to Collaboratively Develop Priority Education Research Questions for Youth-focused Citizen Science
Organizer: Heidi Ballard
Citizen science offers tantalizing opportunity for young people to learn and grow through action taken to address and answer pressing and relevant research questions. Potential outcomes for youth are numerous, including content knowledge, science skills, understanding of the nature of science, and increased science confidence. But in which contexts are which outcomes most likely for which youth? And how can we learn more about what works and for whom, and under which conditions? In this 2-part research and practice symposium, co-hosted by the Education and Research & Evaluation Working Groups, we will address these questions through 1) examples from the field and 2) facilitated group discussions. We begin with a panel of researchers focused on different aspects of youth learning in diverse settings (i.e. Ballard et al. 2016, Fee and Trautmann 2013). Each will share their research questions, methods, key theories, preliminary findings, and how program design or practice might incorporate research lessons . In the last quarter of the session, presenters and attendees will sort themselves into groups around topics of interest (e.g., specific outcome areas, role of adult mentors and professional scientists, student voice and choice) to generate lists of research questions and methods that would advance the practices of citizen science with youth. Each group will be asked to record their thinking and prioritize their questions according to feasibility and potential impact to the field. Following the conference, symposium organizers will summarize the work of the groups and share via a guest post to the CSA blog.


Evaluating science identity in youth using BirdSleuth's Habitat Connections curriculum in afterschool and informal education settings
Jennifer Fee, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

How can we improve learning about biodiversity and the environment through student engagement in short-duration citizen science events? Lessons from 2016 BioBlitzes
Ardice Hartry, University of California, Berkeley

Learning from youth-focused community and citizen science (CCS): how do we know the impacts of participation on youth understanding and agency toward environmental science?
Heidi Ballard, University of California, Davis

Stepping up: the roles youth play in citizen science projects and their relationship to place
Colin Dixon, School of Education, University of California - Davis

Friday May 19, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 10, 11 & 12