Author

Erin Janetski

Date of Award

Summer 8-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Holly Travis

Second Advisor

Carl Luciano

Third Advisor

Josiah Townsend

Abstract

This study evaluates changes in environmental attitudes, attitudes toward science and environmental literacy among high school student participants in a citizen science stream monitoring program. Partnerships with local high school science teachers, environmental groups, and government offices were formed to generate a citizen science program for students to participate in research in the local streams. The project was incorporated directly into high school curriculum and included development of lesson plans to correspond with the citizen science experience.

Analysis of pre- and post-surveys revealed that participation in the program improved environmental attitudes and attitudes toward science. The most significant difference was in environmental attitudes, where scores increased by 4.3%. There were also notable changes in student perceptions of their ability to impact and make changes to their environment. This project demonstrates that citizen science participation positively influences environmental attitudes, and that citizen science can be successfully incorporated into classroom curriculum.

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