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Examining participation in a Dolphin Observation Citizen Science program
by Magdziarz, Susan F., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 121; 1523113
Abstract (Summary)

This research project examined how people utilized the Dolphin Observation Citizen Science Kit at the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages. This study explored whether this citizen science program successfully engaged people in a recreational setting that is not normally associated with science learning opportunities.

Most research on citizen science programs has focused on projects that attract people who already have an interest in science. This study took place in a location that attracts people who may have weak science identities, which made it possible to learn more about how this audience engages in citizen science programs.

The data showed that people in this setting participated in this citizen science program. People with weak and strong science identities used the kit. This indicates that this type of recreational setting could be further explored as a place to engage people with weak science identities in science education activities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kisiel, James
Commitee: Gomez Zwiep, Susan, Platt, Susan
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Science education
Keywords: Citizen science, Dolphin observation, Informal science education, Science identity, State park education
Publication Number: 1523113
ISBN: 978-1-303-20323-7
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