POLICY BRIEF Enhancing Science Education through Citizen Science: Students’ Perceptions and Motivations in STEM/STEAM Learning

WBC-RRI.NET policy brief.

Feb 28, 2024

Science education plays a crucial role in fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and curiosity among students. Citizen science (CS), an approach where non-professional individuals actively participate in scientific research, has gained attention as a powerful tool to enhance science education. CS involves students actively participating in real world scientific projects, providing hands-on experience and promoting a deeper understanding of STEM/STEAM concepts. Assessing students’ perceptions of the
usefulness of CS in STEM/STEAM education and their related motivations for their future careers is crucial to our understanding of the importance of integrating CS in both secondary and tertiary education.

This policy brief uses data from research on measuring students’ perceived usefulness and motivations conducted within the framework of the WBC-RRI.NET project by the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA). The brief draws recommendations from best practices by the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Download the policy brief.