Public participation, trust and data sharing: gardens as hubs for citizen science and environmental health literacy efforts

Shana Sandhaus, Dorsey Kaufmann, Monica Ramirez-Andreotta

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Abstract

Gardenroots: A Citizen Science Project (2015) is the product of a needs assessment, revealing environmental quality concerns of gardeners living near hazardous waste or resource extraction activities. Participants were trained, collected garden samples for analysis, and later received their data visualized (individual and aggregated) via community events or mail. This article describes participant motivations, changes in knowledge and efficacy, and whether these depend on the mode of data sharing and visualization. Motivations were internal, and self-efficacy increased, while knowledge and satisfaction were higher in event attendees due to increased researcher contact. This reveals importance of data-sharing events, data visualizations, and participatory research processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-71
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

Keywords

  • citizen science
  • data visualization
  • Environmental communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication

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