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ERIC Number: EJ791629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 103
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 154
ISSN: ISSN-1551-6970
Reinventing Undergraduate Education: Engaging College Students in Research and Creative Activities. ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 33, Number 4
Hu, Shouping, Ed.; Scheuch, Kathyrine, Ed.; Schwartz, Robert, Ed.; Gayles, Joy Gaston, Ed.; Li, Shaoqing, Ed.
ASHE Higher Education Report, v33 n4 p1-103 2008
The purpose of this monograph is to present both the empirical and conceptual evidence of the causes and effects of undergraduate student engagement in research and creative activities. Four questions guide this report: (1) What are the intellectual underpinnings of engaging undergraduate students in research and creative activities?; (2) What are the effects of engaging in research and creative activities on a variety of outcomes for undergraduate students?; (3) What are the correlates of students' engagement in research and creative activities? Are there discernible differences in the patterns of engagement for students of different backgrounds, those enrolled in different types of institutions, or in colleges at different historical times?; and (4) What initiatives, both common and distinctive, have colleges and universities made in engaging undergraduate students in research and creative activities? This monograph first describes the scope of undergraduate research and creative activities, the variations of such activities across and within disciplines, and their historical evolution. Second, it discusses constructivist learning theories and exemplary educational practices to distill conceptual support for engaging in undergraduate research and creative activities. Empirical studies are then reviewed to demonstrate the effects of such activities on student outcomes. Subsequently, the report identifies the factors that are related to student engagement in research activities and presents the patterns of student engagement with respect to student and institutional characteristics, disciplinary differences, and longitudinal trends. Finally, the report documents institutional efforts in engaging students in research activities and analyzes program features that are conducive to student engagement. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A