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ERIC Number: EJ1119877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Increasing Students' Familiarity with Cocurricular Experiences: A Pilot Trial
Waterman, Emily A.; Small, Meg L.; Newman, Siri; Steich, Samantha P.
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n7 p892-897 Oct 2016
Web based social media networks (SMNs) are one avenue used by students to seek cocurricular activities and social interactions that are valuable for college adjustment (DeAndrea, Ellison, LaRose, Steinfield, & Fiore, 2011; Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe, 2007; Leung & Lee, 2005). Thus, the current project aims to increase students' familiarity with cocurricular experiences via a program enabled by an innovative SMN. Methodology from design-based research was used in developing the program described here: Live It. Design-based research involves the creation of a program within the context that it will serve (Anderson & Shattuck, 2012; Brown, 1992). Live It was developed in collaboration with a Northeastern university's Residential Life office, accounting for both the evidence base on college student engagement and the practical constraints presented by the context. Design-based research is iterative, meaning that multiple versions of a program are implemented consecutively. Research is performed in tandem with these iterations to inform and improve successive iterations (Barab & Squire, 2004). In the current paper, the authors provide a description of one program iteration and discuss future directions for consequent program iterations and research. Design-based research was an appropriate framework for the Live It program because it is typically used for innovative, interventionist research (Cobb, Confrey, diSessa, Lehrer, & Schauble, 2003). Finally, design-based research is often used in cases where theory is still being developed or changed (Cobb et al., 2003); the authors offer theoretical insights about students' familiarity with cocurricular experiences in the discussion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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