We believe that the best way to learn science is by doing science

Who are we?

We are the Learning By Doing team, an interdisciplinary group of researchers from The University of Sydney and Taronga Conservation Society Australia. We are a multidisciplinary team who are passionate about citizen science and its benefits for education.

What is citizen science?

Citizen science is defined by the Australian Citizen Science Association as ‘the collection and analysis of scientific data in relation to the natural world, performed predominantly by citizens, usually in collaboration with scientists and field experts.’ It presents an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in real scientific research and to engage with hands-on experiments, while learning about science and nature.

Why include citizen science in classrooms?

Citizen science in the classroom will enable students to experience what it is like to be a real scientist; conducting observations, recording measurements and communicating their findings. Students will develop skills in scientific literacy, critical thinking and social and environmental awareness which will assist them throughout their school education and beyond.

Our research is focused on examining the many learning dimensions of citizen science and co-creation with our many stakeholders

Evaluation of learning dimensions of citizen science

Citizen science leaders’ experiences in schools

The breadth and depth of citizen science in Australian schools

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Images courtesy of the Australian Citizen Science Association photo library