Defining one’s role in citizen science: an exploration of the roles, perceptions and outcomes of participation in citizen science activities Public Deposited

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  • Citizen science (formally public participation in science research) has emerged in recent years as an innovative and interactive tool for engaging many diverse groups in science and research. Defined as the collaboration of science professionals and the public in science research, citizen science has tremendously improved the reach of science. With such reach, the research community has taken note by its extensive studies of one-half of citizen science participants, the public. This exploratory study expanded upon the research by investigating the specific tasks of the public and program coordinators (their roles), their perceptions, and participation outcomes. A socio-cultural theoretical framework was used in this investigation. Twelve participants responded to an online survey, and three interviews were conducted. The study found that participants assumed the roles of data collector (a very common role of participants), teacher-facilitator, and/or creator (an uncommon role). In sum, participants believed and partook in authentic practice while they engaged in this scientific endeavor.
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