Citizen science as a REAL environment for authentic scientific inquiry

Nathan J. Meyer, Siri Scott, Andrea L Strauss, Pamela L. Nippolt, Karen S. Oberhauser, Robert B Blair

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Citizen science projects can serve as constructivist learning environments for programming focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for youth. Attributes of rich environments for active learning (REALs) provide a framework for design of Extension STEM learning environments. Guiding principles and design strategies for the University of Minnesota Extension's Driven to Discover: Enabling Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science project demonstrate how education and investigations grounded in real-world citizen science projects can capitalize on REAL environments to generate meaningful STEM learning. Positive evaluation results support the efficacy of the design for enhancing youth science identity and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4IAW3
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2014


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