Building Capacity for Establishing Citizen Science Communities in and around the Nation’s largest HBCU Intellectual Merit

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Dr. Tobin Walton, Department of Sociology & Social Work, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University



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Spring 4-2021


The purpose of this study is intended to facilitate a greater understanding of ways to improve STEM courses at North Carolina A&T State University. It is a capacity building project aimed at shedding light on the types of educational experience that can improve student outcomes in STEM courses. Studies have shown that active learning (citizen science) increases students’ performance in undergraduate STEM programs and courses than traditional lecturing. (Freeman et al. 2014). The first objective of this overall effort is to raise interest and awareness about Active and Experiential Learning through citizen science on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. Toward the end, this study analyzes survey data on faculty’s perception of Active and Experiential Learning through Citizen Science, its ability to enhance learning outcomes, and students’ current performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and courses. We report on survey results of a sample of 44 current A&T faculty members. The results indicate that while the majority of respondents agree that many students at North Carolina A&T State University struggle in the STEM courses, more than half of them are not aware of the various ways to use Citizen Science in their courses.

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