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Citizen Inquiry: A Synergy of Inquiry Learning, Online Social Networking and Citizen Science Maria Aristeidou, Eileen Scanlon, Mike Sharples Institute.

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1 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

2 Outline Problem definition Background Aim of the research Research question Methodology Pilot study What’s next?

3 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 Problem Definition Background Aim of the research Research Question MethodologyPilot study What’s next

4 Background - I Problem Definition Background Aim of the research Research Question MethodologyPilot study What’s next 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) –

5 Tools Communication School based Personal Inquiries Inquiry process

6 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 Background - II Problem Definition Background Aim of the research Research Question MethodologyPilot study What’s next

7 Citizens adding observations, images and locations to iSpot (right) Citizens adding observations, images and locations to iSpot (right) Citizens classifying galaxies in Galaxy Zoo (left)

8 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 Problem Definition Background Aim of the research Research Question MethodologyPilot study What’s next

9 Research Question Can amateur scientists engage in successful inquiry based learning through – Peer collaboration – Mentoring by experts in – Informal settings Problem Definition Background Aim of the research Research Question MethodologyPilot study What’s next

10 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 Methodology Problem Definition Background Aim of the research Research Question MethodologyPilot study What’s next

11 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 Problem Definition Background Aim of the research Research Question MethodologyPilot study What’s next

12 Inquiry Results Inquiry Diagram nQuire Forum

13 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 Problem Definition Background Aim of the research Research Question MethodologyPilot study What’s next

14 Thank you!


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