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ERIC Number: ED491735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-19
Pages: 36
Abstractor: Author
Undergraduate Students Conducting Research in the Life Sciences: Opportunities for Connected Learning
Levis-Fitzgerald, Marc; Denson, Nida; Kerfeld, Cheryl A.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Philadelphia, PA, Nov 17-19, 2005)
Some scholars have publicly criticized large research universities for failing to provide undergraduate students with the skills and abilities needed to succeed both in life and in the workforce. One strategy, taken at UCLA, is to use its strength as a research institution as the foundation of curricular reform; for example, by bringing research experience into science general education (Kerfeld, Levis, & Perry, 2001). UCLA has developed a program, Life Sciences 187 (Principles and Practices of Genomic Research), in which large numbers of students (nearly 2,000 annually) participate in a research project in the context of their undergraduate coursework. The Undergraduate Genomics Research Initiative (UGRI), utilizes a common research goal, the sequencing of a microbial genome, to link several upper and lower division life sciences courses and science general education courses. In order to facilitate this multi-course collaboration, it was necessary to invent a new course based entirely on undergraduate research to serve as the hub of the UGRI. This paper presents findings from the two-year assessment of this novel course, Life Sciences 187, Principles and Practices of Genomic Research. Appended are: (1) Student Paper Survey; (2) Students' Focus Group Protocol; and (3) Faculty Interview Protocol. (Contains 12 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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