ERIC Number: EJ1041422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Undergraduate Research and a Liberal Arts Education: Similar Goals, Similar Solutions
Kaiser, Bonnie Nicole; Mishler, Dennis M.; Peoples, Whitney A.; Wells, Alexis S.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v43 n5 p48-54 May 2014
In this nascent age of massive online education, it is important to recognize that the goals and successes of a liberal arts education have been to provide an intellectual array of ideas that build critical thinking skills and to engage a new generation of students with society's great challenges and vast opportunities. Nowhere are these opportunities richer than in the basic research questions being posed every day at a research university. In this paper, we argue that the goals of a liberal arts education and undergraduate research are remarkably similar and that by incorporating an undergraduate research focus with a liberal arts approach in the classroom, instructors can more effectively achieve the goals of both. We present the example of ORDER (On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers), a series of multidisciplinary, team-taught seminar courses for freshmen and seniors. We argue that ORDER's unique structure provides students with effective opportunities to achieve the core goals of a liberal arts education and a research education, namely to enhance the ability to think critically and draw connections, engage in research as a process, pursue authentic investigation of real-world problems, develop interdisciplinary and collaborative skills, and present ideas creatively.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Liberal Arts, Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Critical Thinking, Student Research, Research Universities, College Faculty, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cooperation, Seminars
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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