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Educating citizen scientists on their roles to prevent citizen science washing with the help of the Reflecto-tool

Krivosik, Adorian (2023) Educating citizen scientists on their roles to prevent citizen science washing with the help of the Reflecto-tool.

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Abstract:In 2022, a case study was conducted on the Incentive project, where a cluster of Horizon 2020 citizen science projects were analyzed based on several parameters such as funding and timeframe. The results showed that 68% of projects, were considered not related to citizen science. Citizen science is an emerging field where citizens contribute to a research project through different methods. Based on this, the concept of citizen science washing was founded. The goal of this paper is to find the best methods to help citizens reflect on their roles within citizens science projects. This should be helpful enough to increase the motivation of citizen scientists and stakeholders to reduce the occurrence of citizen science washing. By applying the principles from the creative technology design process, a web-based tool was built and tested which provides tailored educational advice to the participant with the intention of shaping their role in the citizen science project they are participating in. The results gathered from the evaluations sessions showed that the Refleco-tool had in fact a positive influence on the reflection level of the participants. Through focus groups, interviews and observations several good points were noted for future recommendations, such as designing different questions for citizens and researchers to increase the effectiveness of the tool.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 02 science and culture in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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