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Citizen science in schools: engaging students in research on urban habitat for pollinators

Saunders, Manu E., Roger, Erin, Geary, William L., Meredith, Floret, Welbourne, Dustin J., Bako, Alex, Canavan, Emily, Herro, Francesca, Herron, Charlotte, Hung, Olivia, Kunstler, Madeline, Lin, Jade, Ludlow, Natasha, Paton, Mayling, Salt, Sunny, Simpson, Tallulah, Wang, Ariana, Zimmerman, Nikki, Drews, Kalani B. and Dawson, Hayley F. 2018, Citizen science in schools: engaging students in research on urban habitat for pollinators, Austral ecology, vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 635-642, doi: 10.1111/aec.12608.

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Title Citizen science in schools: engaging students in research on urban habitat for pollinators
Author(s) Saunders, Manu E.
Roger, Erin
Geary, William L.
Meredith, Floret
Welbourne, Dustin J.
Bako, Alex
Canavan, Emily
Herro, Francesca
Herron, Charlotte
Hung, Olivia
Kunstler, Madeline
Lin, Jade
Ludlow, Natasha
Paton, Mayling
Salt, Sunny
Simpson, Tallulah
Wang, Ariana
Zimmerman, Nikki
Drews, Kalani B.
Dawson, Hayley F.
Journal name Austral ecology
Volume number 43
Issue number 6
Start page 635
End page 642
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2018-09
ISSN 1442-9985
1442-9993
Keyword(s) citizen science
pollinators
science education
science engagement
urban ecology
Summary Citizen science can play an important role in school science education. Citizen science is particularly relevant to addressing current societal environmental sustainability challenges, as it engages the students directly with environmental science and gives students an understanding of the scientific process. In addition, it allows students to observe local representations of global challenges. Here, we report a citizen science programme designed to engage school‐age children in real‐world scientific research. The programme used standardized methods deployed across multiple schools through scientist–school partnerships to engage students with an important conservation problem: habitat for pollinator insects in urban environments. Citizen science programmes such as the programme presented here can be used to enhance scientific literacy and skills. Provided key challenges to maintain data quality are met, this approach is a powerful way to contribute valuable citizen science data for understudied, but ecologically important study systems, particularly in urban environments across broad geographical areas.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/aec.12608
Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2018 The Authors.
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30113944

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