Suggestions for Readings for Cit-Sci (in schools)

Links and resources for Innovation and Citizen Science projects with a schools focus, extracted from posts to the Cit-Sci Discussion list, by Nancy Trautmann <nancy.trautmann> and Mary Ellen Hannibal <maryellenhannibal>.

This book is designed for teachers: Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life provides several case studies + 15 lesson plans representing a large range of citizen science projects and ways of integrating into science teaching.

The book Citizen Scientist by Mary Ellen Hannibal, as well as Caren Cooper’s book Citizen Science for big-picture narratives focusing on individual projects but also connecting them to the larger, contextual vision. Both books provide a way to integrate “science” into the broader humanities, including history and literature.

Look at the readings for a single lecture/ workshop for in-service teachers or MAT graduate students and the  California Academy’s Citizen Science Toolkit for educators. 

Also, Dunn, R. and H. Menninger. (2016) “Teaching Students to How to Discover the Unknown,” in D. Cavalier and E. B. Kennedy (Eds), The Rightful Place of Citizen Science. Tempe, AZ.

The four episodes of the PBS program The Crowd and the Cloud, which are free online, are superb and comprehensive.

Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction; “One of the best books of 2016,” review in the San Francisco Chronicle; recipient of the Nautilus Book Award

Stanford TEDx talk

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