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Unleashing the Potential of Citizen Science as an Educational Tool towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Quality Education for an empowered society

DITOs Consortium, ; (2019) Unleashing the Potential of Citizen Science as an Educational Tool towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Quality Education for an empowered society. (DITOs Policy Brief 9 ). Doing It Together Science (DITOs): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This policy brief assesses the potential and challenges of citizen science (CS) as an educational tool and how it can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While CS can address specifi c challenges across almost all of the 17 SDGs, this policy brief focuses on direct contributions to SDG 4 A, Quality Education, and asks: ‘How citizen science can equip learners with life-long skills, knowledge and attitudes that foster change-making, using a blend of non-traditional pedagogies?’ We demonstrate the roles that educational practices developed around citizen science can have by presenting a selection of inspiring initiatives currently taking place throughout Europe. Citizen science based education does not provide learners solely with an understanding of science and scientifi c methodology, but it also develops social skills used to communicate, take part in or coordinate multi-stakeholder projects. In this way, this policy brief aims to support decision makers in education and science policy, including the European Commission, national and state ministries and other stakeholders in integrating these non-traditional educational practices into existing funding schemes, education policy and curricula, towards more meaningful, transformative learning and teaching.

Type: Report
Title: Unleashing the Potential of Citizen Science as an Educational Tool towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Quality Education for an empowered society
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.togetherscience.eu/
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access report published under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073030
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