ERIC Number: ED394460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-9
Perceptions of Faculty Preceptors in a Summer Research Program Targeted at Minority Undergraduate Students.
Frierson, Henry T., Jr.
This paper reports the perceptions about students and the personal experiences of 23 faculty who served as preceptors for 32 undergraduate African American and other students of color and minority ethnic groups who participated in a 10-week, summer research program for high-achieving students. Each faculty member preselected the student that they wished to direct before official offers for participation were made. Faculty covered a broad range of disciplines from the humanities to the physical sciences. A significant aspect of the program was the involvement of the faculty in the social sciences and humanities, areas in which apprentice-like experiences are less common than in the sciences. Faculty were interviewed in the 9th and 10th week of the program to obtain their assessment of the program and their experiences, particularly their perceptions about the students and their relationships with them. Findings revealed that mentors' general perceptions about the students were positive, especially when related to a student's ability to conduct research. Mentors' perceptions of their own effort and involvement in the program were also positive. The perceptions of the faculty preceptors in this particular program argues well for the mentoring and involvement of minority undergraduate students in research projects across all disciplines. (Contains 18 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-13, 1996).