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Friday, May 19 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
D-10: 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: Sarah Kirn
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.


Authentic science learning, focus on place, and changes in underserved students' views about science and its role in their future.
Bill Zoellick, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Unpacking assumptions about what matters to teachers and students in citizen science
Emily Harris, University of California, Davis

Friday May 19, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 10, 11 & 12