ERIC Number: EJ1051466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Improved Reasoning in Undergraduate Writing through Structured Workshops
Dowd, Jason E.; Connolly, Michelle P.; Thompson, Robert J., Jr.; Reynolds, Julie A.
Journal of Economic Education, v46 n1 p14-27 2015
The Department of Economics at Duke University has endeavored to increase participation in undergraduate honors thesis research while ensuring a high-quality learning experience. Given the faculty-to-student ratio in the department (approximately 1:16), increasing research participation required the creation of a stable, replicable framework for mentoring students through research. The department aimed to make the research experience more consistent and interactive so that students also learned from each other in a group setting. Here, the authors assess the relationship between changes in mentoring support of honors research and students' scientific reasoning and writing skills reflected in their undergraduate theses. They find that students who participated in structured courses designed to support and enhance their research exhibited the strongest learning outcomes, as measured by systematic writing assessment.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Workshops, Writing Workshops, Economics Education, Honors Curriculum, Thinking Skills, Student Research, Research Projects, Theses, Teaching Methods, Intervention, Mentors, Research Reports, Quasiexperimental Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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