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ERIC Number: ED400898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 10
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Publish or Perish in the Community College.
Petersen, Chris E.
Scholarly publication of original work at community colleges is usually an elective pursuit, resulting more from a desire to learn than institutional requirements or financial incentives. At the College of DuPage, in Illinois, one faculty member has undertaken a 10-year, self-initiated research project in the biological sciences, involving students in most areas of the research, including publication. The research has focused on the dynamics of ecosystems, while funding sources have included area conservation foundations and businesses. Participating students must be science majors with a minimum background of 1 year of college-level science-based curriculum. They must also be dependable, of high integrity, patient, and tolerant of adverse working conditions. Motivations for students participating include adding to their resumes, developing interests, and enjoying an alternative learning experience. In addition, every effort is made to see that research is published. For the faculty member, each project requires 200-300 hours of donated time towards experimentation, data analyses, writing, and literature review. Faculty members interested in initiating their own research projects should schedule time for reading and exploration of potential study sites, conduct projects that can be done within the time allowances and with available resources, select reliable student participants, and write for publication. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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