Science Learning via Participation in Online Citizen Science [article]

Karen Masters, Eun Young Oh and Joe Cox (Portsmouth Business School), Brooke Simmons and Chris Lintott , Gary Graham, Anita Greenhill, Kate Holmes
2016 arXiv   pre-print
We investigate the development of scientific content knowledge of volunteers participating in online citizen science projects in the Zooniverse (, including the astronomy projects Galaxy Zoo ( and Planet Hunters ( We use econometric methods to test how measures of project participation relate to success in a science quiz, controlling for factors known to correlate with scientific knowledge. Citizen scientists believe they are learning
more » ... bout both the content and processes of science through their participation. Won't don't directly test the latter, but we find evidence to support the former - that more actively engaged participants perform better in a project-specific science knowledge quiz, even after controlling for their general science knowledge. We interpret this as evidence of learning of science content inspired by participation in online citizen science.
arXiv:1601.05973v2 fatcat:xxlmogtdgbg3ho67vqgb4vshvm