Citizen science in schools: Engaging students in research on urban habitat for pollinators

Manu E. Saunders, Erin Roger, William L. Geary, Floret Meredith, Dustin J. Welbourne, Alex Bako, Emily Canavan, Francesca Herro, Charlotte Herron, Olivia Hung, Madeline Kunstler, Jade Lin, Natasha Ludlow, Mayling Paton, Sunny Salt, Tallulah Simpson, Ariana Wang, Nikki Zimmerman, Kalani B. Drews, Hayley F. DawsonLachlan W.J. Martin, Jack B. Sutton, Chiquita C. Webber, Amy L. Ritchie, Leigham D. Berns, Bella A. Winch, Holly R. Reeves, Eiron C. McLennan, Jordan M. Gardner, Charli G. Butler, Emily I. Sutton, Max M. Couttie, Jake B. Hildebrand, Isabella A. Blackney, Justine A. Forsyth, Deborah M. Keating, Angela T. Moles

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Abstract

Citizen science can play an important role in school science education. Citizen science is particularly relevant to addressing current societal environmental sustainability challenges, as it engages the students directly with environmental science and gives students an understanding of the scientific process. In addition, it allows students to observe local representations of global challenges. Here, we report a citizen science programme designed to engage school-age children in real-world scientific research. The programme used standardized methods deployed across multiple schools through scientist–school partnerships to engage students with an important conservation problem: habitat for pollinator insects in urban environments. Citizen science programmes such as the programme presented here can be used to enhance scientific literacy and skills. Provided key challenges to maintain data quality are met, this approach is a powerful way to contribute valuable citizen science data for understudied, but ecologically important study systems, particularly in urban environments across broad geographical areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-642
Number of pages8
JournalAustral Ecology
Volume43
Issue number6
Early online date23 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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