Citizen Science for research in science education: material development and teacher training

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Classrooms often do not authentically reflect scientific research, but citizen science (CS) projects offer the potential to engage students in genuine research processes and to foster scientific reasoning and identity development in a new experiential space.

To realize the potentials, conditions for succeeding in 1) integrating research processes through CS projects will be identified, 2) used as design specifications for developing teaching materials, and 3) teachers will be trained for implementation. In the first design cycle, prototypes are developed in co-design workshops using anticipated conditions. In the second design cycle, teachers are trained to further develop materials. In both cycles, 4) conditions for success are evaluated through classroom observations and effects on students through questionnaires, and materials are further developed. Materials and trainings are disseminated on OER platforms and through networks.

Project Team RWTH Aachen:

Prof. Dr. Julia Lorke Isabell Helbing

Project Team Leibniz Universität Hannover:

Prof. Dr. Till Bruckermann Eva Tchekov


Joachim Herz Stiftung (2023-2025)