• Maryam Ghadiri Khanaposhtani
  • Heidi L. Ballard
  • Julia Lorke
  • Annie E. Miller
  • Sasha Pratt-Taweh
  • Jessie Jennewein
  • Lucy D. Robinson
  • Lila Higgins
  • Rebecca F. Johnson
  • Alison N. Young
  • Gregory B. Pauly
  • Ana I. Benavides Lahnstein
We investigated youth participation in three Community and Citizen Science (CCS) programs led by natural history museums in out-of-school settings. Using second generation Activity Theory, we looked at repeated participation over time, collecting and then qualitatively analyzing ethnographic fieldnote observations on focal youth participation and components of the activity systems. We found each program provided multiple and unique access points for youth to participate in environmental science. Further, when facilitators emphasized the scientific goals of the programs clearly and repeatedly, youth participation in the scientific processes of the CCS programs deepened. Access to scientific tools, facilitation in using them, and repeatedly applying them in authentic research, enabled youth to participate in different aspects of CCS, from exploring to submitting biological data. Repeated participation in CCS activities provided the opportunities for youth to try the same type of participation multiple times (intensification), as well as provided the opportunity for youth to try different types of participation (diversification). Our findings suggest that repeated participation in authentic scientific research in CCS contexts fosters youth development of new roles and possible development of environmental science identities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume28
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1730-1754
Number of pages25
ISSN1350-4622
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11.10.2022
No renderer: handleNetPortal,dk.atira.pure.api.shared.model.researchoutput.ContributionToJournal

    Research areas

  • Science communication and enrichment - informal science education, citizen science, participation, activity theory

ID: 2038851