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ERIC Number: EJ1023620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Early Exposure to Research: Outcomes of the ASTER Certification Program
Griffard, Phyllis Baudoin; Golkowska, Krystyna
Journal of College Science Teaching, v43 n1 p37-42 Sep 2013
This paper discusses a novel structure for providing a high-impact, first year experience for science students. ASTER (Access to Science Through Experience in Research) is an extracurricular certification program designed to introduce our students to the research culture via seminar attendance, journal clubs, book clubs, and lab visits. Qualitative analysis of the reflective narratives submitted with certification portfolios provided evidence that the program gives students insights into the nature of science and scientific communication, inspires and builds student confidence, deepens understanding of biology, and lends relevance to coursework by linking it to real science and their careers as physicians. In summary, this easy-to-implement, no-cost program provided enriching high-impact experiences for first-year students and reduced their naïveté about research, the goal of ASTER.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Qatar
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