Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning

1st Edition

Christothea Herodotou, Mike Sharples, Eileen Scanlon

Published September 19, 2017
Reference - 238 Pages - 75 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138208698 - CAT# Y289906

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Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning is the first book of its kind to bring together the concepts of citizen science and inquiry-based learning to illustrate the pedagogical advantages of this approach. It shifts the emphasis of scientific investigations from scientists to the general public, by educating learners of all ages to determine their own research agenda and devise their own investigations underpinned by a model of scientific inquiry.

‘Citizen inquiry’ is an original approach to research education that refers to mass participation of the public in joining inquiry-led scientific investigations. Using a range of practical case studies underpinned by the theory of inquiry-based learning, this book has significant implications for teaching and learning through exploration of how new technologies can be used to engage with scientific research. Key features include:

  • a new perspective on science education and science practice through crowd-sourced research
  • explanation of the benefits of this innovative approach to teaching and learning
  • a steady shift of emphasis from theory to application for readers to understand thoroughly the current state of research in the field and its applications to practice
  • examples of practical applications of this approach and recommendations on how successful citizen inquiry applications can be developed.

This edited volume is essential reading for academic researchers and professional educators interested in the potential of online technology in all levels of education, from primary and secondary level through to further education and lifelong learning. It will be ideal reading on any undergraduate or postgraduate course involving research methods in education as well as developments in science education and educational software.


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