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Title: Citizen science engagement: Lessons learned from the ClimateWatch "Scientist for a Day" program
Contributor(s): Morales, Pamela K (author); Roslan, Nadiah (author); Haas, Andrea (author); Lykins, Amy D  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021
Early Online Version: 2021-06-01
DOI: 10.1080/1533015X.2021.1922102
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Limited knowledge exists on participant outcomes relating to citizen science programs. Using the ClimateWatch: Scientist for a Day program as a case study, we sought to understand participant behaviors and attitudes post-program, and evaluated the program's post-engagement initiatives. Phone interviews were conducted with 15 former participants. While participants enjoyed learning and increasing their environmental knowledge, very few of them engaged in the program's on-going monitoring activities. Lack of motivation and post-program engagement were cited as key reasons for this outcome. Recommendations are provided to improve participant outcomes, and to assist program evaluation research and the program's scientific engagement aims.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 20(4), p. 393-405
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1533-0389
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520505 Social psychology
410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 190203 Environmental education and awareness
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Psychology

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