ERIC Number: ED026977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Undergraduate Research in Social Sciences. Final Report.
Pusey, William W., III; Watt, William J.
Ten seniors at Washington and Lee University participated in an undergraduate educational training program during the 1967-1968 school year. The program provided research training in education and the social sciences, and opportunities to work closely with experienced faculty in order to effectively formulate and clarify problems. The projects were designed to be educationally useful to the student trainees, and could be continued on an advanced level in graduate school. In a few cases, more than one trainee worked on one of the studies, which involved: the hippocampal contributions to motivational regulation in the albino rat, admission criteria and procedures in graduate schools of economics, socioeconomic mobility in Rockbridge County (Virginia), the effects of financial aid on academic achievement, the role of memory requirements and stimulus factors in paired-associate learning, local support for public education in South Carolina, the role of prison organization in the problem of re-educating the inmates, and the organization, teachers, teacher compensation and operating revenues of the Virginia public school system. The program was successful in stimulating meaningful participation in undergraduate research and in contributing new knowledge on some educational problems. The report summarizes each project and indicates how each set of findings could contribute to specific areas in the field of education. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Washington and Lee Univ., Lexington, VA.