ERIC Number: ED197694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Undergraduate Research in Psychology: Its Past and Its Future.
Carsrud, Alan L.
The importance of research training for the undergraduate psychology major is examined. Undergraduate research projects should provide experience in generating a design, implementing the project, writing the report, and presenting it to others. Research training courses should be tailored to fit both the individual student's needs and abilities and the faculty's own personal interests and needs. The development of undergraduate research conferences, which involve research-oriented faculty and students from a variety of institutions, is considered. Such conferences have increasingly involved very bright and outstanding undergraduates. The need to attract highly qualified high school students who have potential for scientific and research endeavors is noted. The integration of novice researchers into the larger field of psychology as a basic and applied science is shown to be promoted by the use of multi-level systems to teach research methods, such as those proposed by Carsrud and Christensen (1980), intra-departmental colloquia, undergraduate research conferences, and special sessions at regional meetings. It is concluded that undergraduates should be involved in the formation of ideas and research designs and should take part in field studies and evaluations of applied programs in industry and human service settings. A bibliography is included. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Montreal, Canada, 1980).