RRI has been introduced in the citizen science course toolkit for teachers following
IDEA 3. LEARNING RRI ASKS FOR FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCES
The students involved in the co-creation process of citizen science experiments are fully immersed in a research process, which is students-centred. They will have to get used with collaborative work as they will have to work in small groups and collectively as a whole converge on a unique experimental design. They will thus experience by themselves what a collaborative participation in a research process entails.
IDEA 5. MOTIVATION IS THE KEY FOR RRI PRACTICE IN STEM EDUCATION
The Citizen Science co-creation sessions are totally non-conventional as they are not implying any conventional contents nor conventional learning contexts. At the beginning of each session, the classroom structure is totally changed, in order to provide some spaces to favour the work by subgroups. The sessions are totally based on the students’ inputs and unconventional materials like post-its, “thermometers”, canvas or mind-maps are used, thus boosting the students’ motivation.
Citizen Science contents are based on the following innovative educational tools
Hands-on activities. Several activities included the creation of hand-made canvas, the most noteworthy example being the conceptual scheme of the experiment. These hands-on activities also potentiated the creativity and artistic skills of the students.
Inquiry based learning. The inquiry based learning and especially the “Open Inquiry” methodology was introduced in all steps of the co-creation process, through some open questions such as “Who am I?”, “What are my concerns?”, “Which research questions can I formulated?”, etc. This methodology was combined with the work in small groups of 4 to 6 students, which potentiated the team working abilities of the students and enhanced mutual learning.