Scientific discourse of citizen scientists: A collaborative modeling as a boundary object

Joey Huang, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Rebecca Jordan, Troy Frensley, Steven Gray, Greg Newman

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Abstract

In this study, we examine participants’ practices in two citizen science projects in order to explore the use of scientific knowledge and practices as they engage in collaborative modeling. They use the Mental Modeler, an online resource to facilitate science engagement and collaboration. This paper applies an analytical approach that uses visual representations to understand the shifts in scientific discourse and interpret complex interaction patterns between participants and facilitators in two citizen science projects. The findings suggest that the Mental Modeler serves as a boundary object that allows participants and facilitators to collaboratively engage with scientific topics and practices through the development of scientific discourse and learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaking a Difference
Subtitle of host publicationPrioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsBrian K. Smith, Marcela Borge, Emma Mercier, Kyu Yon Lim
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages399-406
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355007
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2017Jun 22 2017

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period6/18/176/22/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Collaborative learning
  • Engagement
  • Scientific practices

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