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WTimpact: Influence of collaborative knowledge development on attitude and emotional connection

Working groupKnowledge Construction Lab
FundingFederal Ministry of Education and Research
Project description

Within the research cluster “Collaborative knowledge development as a transfer instrument - from knowledge transfer to knowledge exchange”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, this project contributes to the development of a transfer tool to support collaborative knowledge development in the interplay of science and the public. To this end, an Internet platform is being developed in collaboration with the project partners and implemented for best practice examples of Citizen Science projects.

The research project examines the effects of collaborative knowledge development on the attitudes and the emotional reference of the participating citizen scientists in field investigations. In addition to the development of questionnaires, interview guides, and attitude tests, tools are developed to capture the activities on the Internet platform. In addition, comparisons with non-participants are carried out within the framework of a quasi-experimental longitudinal design with several measurement times.

In order to validate the transfer instrument, the effects of activities and interactions on an Internet platform designed for knowledge exchange on the target variables of interest are also examined in controlled laboratory experiments. To this end, volunteers are recruited who participate in simulated Citizen Science projects. These projects deal, for example, with the monitoring of terrestrial mammals and bats as well as with the measurement of air quality or weather observations, analogous to the best practice examples in the field research. Within the framework of these experiments, the activity level of the participants as well as their role in the collaborative development of knowledge is systematically varied. In a synopsis, the results are combined with the results of all subprojects of this research cluster and recommendations for the application of the instrument for other knowledge transfer contexts are worked out.


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