Citizen Science as a Means for Increasing Public Engagement in Science: Presumption or Possibility?

TitleCitizen Science as a Means for Increasing Public Engagement in Science: Presumption or Possibility?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMartin, VY
JournalScience Communication
Date Published2017
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
Keywordsaudience , Citizen , COMMUNICATION , Community , PUBLIC , SCIENCE , SOCIAL , Volunteers
AbstractCitizen science is often assumed to increase public science engagement; however, little is known about who is likely to volunteer and the implications for greater societal impact. This study segments 1,145 potential volunteers into six groups according to their current engagement in science (EiS). Results show groups with high levels of EiS are significantly more interested in volunteering and more likely to participate in various research roles than those with lower EiS scores. While citizen science benefits some in science and society, its use as a strategy to bring about positive shifts in public science engagement needs to be reconsidered. 
NotesMartin, Victoria Y. 1,2; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia 2: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA; Source Info: Apr2017, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p142; Subject Term: CITIZEN science; Subject Term: COMMUNITY involvement; Subject Term: COMMUNICATION in science; Subject Term: VOLUNTEERS; Subject Term: SOCIAL impact; Author-Supplied Keyword: audience research; Author-Supplied Keyword: public interest; Author-Supplied Keyword: public participation in scientific research; Author-Supplied Keyword: science engagement; Author-Supplied Keyword: social survey; Number of Pages: 27p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 10122