Combining formal education and citizen science : A case study on students' perceptions of learning and interest in an urban rat project

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Aivelo , T & Huovelin , S 2020 , ' Combining formal education and citizen science : A case study on students' perceptions of learning and interest in an urban rat project ' , Environmental Education Research , vol. 26 , no. 3 , pp. 324-340 . https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2020.1727860

Title: Combining formal education and citizen science : A case study on students' perceptions of learning and interest in an urban rat project
Author: Aivelo, Tuomas; Huovelin, Suvi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki One Health (HOH)
University of Helsinki, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
Date: 2020-03-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Environmental Education Research
ISSN: 1350-4622
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/314443
Abstract: Citizen science is a valuable tool in environmental and formal education in creating scientific knowledge for the researchers and facilitating learning and fostering a positive relationship toward the environment and study species. We present a case study on the Helsinki Urban Rat Project in which students surveyed rat occurrence in their own near environments. According to our results, experientiality, involvement, meaningfulness, freedom to choose, ease of participation, and the rats themselves contributed to students' increased interest in participation. Furthermore, students described diverse factual, conceptual, procedural, and metacognitive knowledge that they acquired during their participation. In general, students described negative attitudes toward rats, but they less negative views on rats after participation. We reflect on the success of the citizen science project and implications of planning a future citizen science project and incorporating citizen science in formal education.
Subject: ANIMALS
ATTITUDES
Citizen science
DISGUST
KNOWLEDGE
PARTICIPATION
RACCOONS
SITUATIONAL INTEREST
TOOL
animal attitudes
animal studies
near environment
urban ecology
1172 Environmental sciences
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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