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Weather-it missions: a social network analysis perspective of an online citizen inquiry community

Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike (2015). Weather-it missions: a social network analysis perspective of an online citizen inquiry community. In: Conole, G.; Klobučar, T.; Rensing, C.; Konert, J. and Lavoué, E. eds. Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World, Proceedings of 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2015, Toledo, Spain, September 15-18. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, pp. 3–16.

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Citizen inquiry is an innovative informal science learning approach, which engages members of the general public in scientific investigations sparked by their personal experience of everyday science, and to which other members can contribute. This paper aims to describe the network of interactions and contributions of Weather-it, an online Citizen Inquiry community accommodated by the nQuire-it platform, which involves people in creating and maintaining their own weather missions (investigations). The interaction patterns within Weather-it are mainly explored through social network analysis of community members and missions. The results indicate the quiet and active members within the community, their splitting into sub-communities, and their contribution and data collection methods and preferences. These results provide in-sight into the behaviour of people in such public engagement projects.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Springer
Keywords: citizen inquiry; engagement with science; online community; weather investigations; social interactions; social network analysis
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 43956
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Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2015 08:45
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 17:43
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