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ERIC Number: EJ1096068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
Learning beyond the Science Classroom: A Roadmap to Success
Starr, Laura; Minchella, Dennis
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v17 n1 p52-57 Jan-Mar 2016
Today's college graduates compete in a global market fueled by rapid innovation and constant technological advances. In order to be able to contribute to and advance in these highly demanding careers, workers not only require advanced scientific and technological knowledge but they also need to possess versatility, collaborative problem-solving ability, professional self-confidence, and intercultural communication skills. Many of these latter competencies have been found to be enhanced through co-curricular or experiential activities, like undergraduate research, internships, and community-based learning. Yet, despite these findings most institutions dedicated to the study of basic as opposed to applied science tend to regard experience-based, non-classroom learning as unnecessary for science students. The College of Science at Purdue University, in contrast, has legitimized experiential learning by encouraging students to make co-curricular high impact activities part of their overall academic plan. Students benefit from a roadmap of activities in which to participate as well as coaching through the reflection process. They are prompted to discover a link between their experiences and what they have learned in the classroom, and encouraged to reflect on how their experiences may impact their futures. Completion of the Learning Beyond the Classroom Certificate appears on a student's academic transcript and is noted at graduation.
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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