ERIC Number: ED362533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Involving Undergraduate Students in Educational Research: Achieving Two Goals at Once.
Staik, Irene M.; Rogers, Julia S.
In a relatively small, predominantly undergraduate university, it is often hard to find the time and resources to conduct educational research. One small liberal arts college, the University of Montevallo (Alabama), has addressed this problem by involving undergraduate psychology majors in collaboration in educational research with faculty. It is necessary to build into the students a realization of the necessity of involving themselves in research projects, particularly if the students are bound for graduate school. Because students usually have limited experience, it is essential that research ideas produce data that can be rather easily analyzed and portrayed. The personal computer and word processor can be used in the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. The undergraduate student involved in research must learn to write the research in an appropriate style with appropriate referencing. Faculty members model research and writing techniques for students to copy. Because the psychology faculty of the University of Montevallo focuses on preparing students for graduate school and the professional world, they consider the time and energy spent on encouraging student participation as time well spent. The experience may be enriching for the faculty member as well as the students. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Montevallo AL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).