How can citizen science facilitate environmental education, and
what does current research tell us about this relationship? Our
Center hopes to answer these questions through participation in
broader initiative led by the North
American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
Research groups such as ours are conducting systematic literature
reviews on various environmental education topics. At CCCS, we
are investigating and synthesizing the research evidence
available documenting citizen science as a pathway for
environmental education. Additionally, we hope to identify future
research directions to best support community and citizen science
(CCS) as a strategy for environmental education, and propose a
research agenda based on our findings.
With these goals in mind, we are asking the following research
questions in our larger study:
What are the key ways in which CCS and environmental
education are aligned theoretically?
What common environmental and educational outcomes have been
measured within the context of CCS?
What are the recommendations for design and implementation of
CCS for environmental education (or vice versa)?
What are the identified directions for future research?