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Shawn Rowe, College of Education, OSU

Learning, motivation, and sense of self in an environmental citizen science program: Finding from research with COASST volunteers.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

For the past four years, with support from the National Science Foundation, Oregon, Washington, and California Sea Grants, we have been studying factors influencing recruitment and retention of adult volunteers in a long-term environmental citizen science program, the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) housed at the University of Washington.  Both quantitative and qualitative analyses of a wide range of factors related to individual volunteers’ biographies and experiences, the structure of beached-bird survey activity, and the institution of COASST itself are under examination. In this talk, Dr. Rowe will overview some of the current findings from questionnaires, surveys, focus groups, and data collected about volunteers knowledge, skills, and accuracy to explore what and how adult volunteers learn and change from participation over time. 
Shawn Rowe is Associate Professor in the College of Education and Sea Grant Extension Specialist focusing on free-choice science learning in informal learning and teaching contexts.  His research on marine science learning in professional development, in the Visitors Center at HMSC as well as with museums and citizen science programs regionally has been supported by NOAA, EPA, and the National Science Foundation. 

OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center
Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport
OR
cinamon.moffett at oregonstate.edu
Hatfield Marine Sci Ctr
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