Understanding the relationship between volunteers’ motivations and learning outcomes of Citizen Science in rice ecosystems in the Northern Philippines

Ebrima S. Dem, Beatriz Rodríguez-Labajos, Martin Wiemers, Jürgen Ott, Norbert Hirneisen, Jesus Victor Bustamante, Marlynne Bustamante, Josef Settele

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Abstract

© 2018, The International Society of Paddy and Water Environment Engineering and Springer Japan KK, part of Springer Nature. This study relies on the Flying Beauties Citizen Science project conducted in the Philippines to assess personal motivations and learning outcomes of volunteers who were involved in documenting butterflies and dragonflies in rice ecosystems. While evaluation of motivations of volunteers in Citizen Science is not new, at least in affluent western countries, little is done in investigating volunteers’ motivations and learning outcomes of Citizen Science projects in low-income countries. Using surveys, we collected data from volunteers that were analysed qualitatively and quantitatively. We adopted a two stages evaluation format—before and after volunteers finished the project exercise. We compared pre-motivations to motivations attained and changes in level of knowledge before and after the project ended. We use Spearman’s Rho, Kendall’s Tau—nonparametric tests to draw correlations between variables. The results showed that key determinants that drove people to volunteer in the project were (a) learning about species and (b) being part of scientific research and the principal learning outcome was improved awareness about ecosystem functions of the species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-735
JournalPaddy and Water Environment
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Citizen Science
  • Ecosystem functions
  • Learning outcomes
  • Motivations
  • Philippines

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