University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics Education Seminar

Friday, March 25th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Miranda Pihlaja
Subject: Understanding Students’ Experience using a Citizen Science Project: Initial Results

Using science practices in science education has been the norm
for over three decades. Science education has turned from fact-learning to
activity-based learning. While students act or think like scientists, they
are missing a key part of science- the unknown. Using a citizen science
project as part of a science curriculum may be useful in giving students a
real scientist experience by having them participate in real science. This
talk outlines the methodology for a two-part study of students’ responses
to participating in a citizen science project as part of a class
assignment. I will also discuss initial results and implications

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