Scientific knowledge and attitude change: The impact of a citizen science project

  title={Scientific knowledge and attitude change: The impact of a citizen science project},
  author={Dominique Brossard and Bruce V. Lewenstein and Rick Bonney},
  journal={International Journal of Science Education},
  pages={1099 - 1121}
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