Using a Citizen Science approach in early childhood education: A call for strengthening evidence

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Authors

LEE Liza LU Jinjin

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Cogent Education
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Citation
Web https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2020.1823141
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2020.1823141
Keywords Citizen Science;social science;Early Childhood Education (ECE);evidence-base
Description A Citizen Science approach to building the evidence base is well established in many science disciplines, but is far from main stream in the social sciences. Prompted from the inquiry by the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission into the National Education Evidence Base and taking Early Childhood Education (ECE) as an example, this paper aims to provoke discussions about the possible contributions of a Citizen Science approach to broadening the methodological repertoire in ECE research and to positioning ECE research more powerfully in the politics of evidence. It argues that ECE stakeholders’ involvement in building the evidence base through a Citizen Science approach could have the potential to make significant contributions to knowledge construction in ECE.
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