Citizen Science as an Educational Tool for Improving Scientific Literacy of Undergraduate Students

  • Kristýna KalmárováEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)


The aim of my paper is to propose a new approach to support scientific literacy of undergraduate students that uses methods of active participation in scientific research. I introduce the concept of citizen science as scientific literacy. Based on the accessible literature review, I present the overall approach to the educational potential of citizen science, as well as the results of selected surveys conducted to measure the impact of citizen science projects to the participants’ scientific literacy level. I make the claim that even short-term projects may make great impact, although the subject definitely needs more research. In this paper, I also outline the possibility of using citizen science projects in the undergraduate curriculum.


Citizen science Public participation in scientific research Scientific literacy Higher education Undergraduate students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Masaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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