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Observations from a citizen science engineering research project revealed implications for the formation of engineering students. Citizen scientist participants engaged in a months-long project to design, build, and use rainwater harvesting tanks. Their perceptions toward engineers and engineering were gathered from interviews and focus groups conducted at the start, interim, and conclusion of the project. Through a domain analysis of the transcripts, the authors found that the citizen scientists’ perceptions toward engineering as a process were greatly influenced by their participation in the project. However, their perceptions of engineers as persons did not change. Interestingly, the citizen scientists volunteered their own “funds of knowledge” about engineering skillsets and “habits of mind” but did not connect their personal traits and skills to engineering or engineers. Since the rainwater harvesting project of the citizen scientists was similar to the open-ended, project-based learning experiences of many engineering students, we posit that student perceptions of the engineering process are strongly influenced by project-based learning, but the impact on their engineering identity is limited. We explore the theoretical possibility of using asset-based community development (ABCD) mapping techniques to connect personal student strengths to communities in the context of open-ended, project-based engineering design.
Stewart, K., & Castaneda, D. I., & Bolhari, A. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Citizen Scientists’ Description of an Engineer Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35620
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