Integrating science, citizenship, and education has enormous potential

students study butterflies in the field

A new study looks at the effectiveness of using citizen science to teach in the classroom.

“Findings indicate that the students enjoyed and were interested in activities such as reading about butterflies, learning and using new vocabulary, drawing butterfly life cycles, as well as hunting, tagging and releasing butterflies and publishing the data they had collected on a dedicated website.

“Units like this have the potential to develop students’ interest for longer-term engagement in science, even those students who may never envision themselves as professional scientists.

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