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Promoting scientific literacy in evolution through citizen science

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Evolutionary understanding is central to biology. It is also an essential prerequisite to understanding and making informed decisions about societal issues such as climate change. Yet, evolution is generally poorly understood by civil society and many misconceptions exist. Citizen science, which has been increasing in popularity as a means to gather new data and promote scientific literacy, is one strategy through which people could learn about evolution. However, despite the potential for citizen science to promote evolution learning opportunities, very few projects implement them. In this paper, we make the case for incorporating evolution education into citizen science, define key learning goals, and suggest opportunities for designing and evaluating projects in order to promote scientific literacy in evolution.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume289
Issue number1980
ISSN0962-8452
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Publication statusPublished - 10-Aug-2022

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