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ERIC Number: EJ846338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Factors Affecting Student Choice of the Undergraduate Research Project: Staff and Student Perceptions
Harland, Janice; Pitt, Sarah; Saunders, Venetia
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v5 Article 3 May 2005
As pressures on resources are growing and some question the value and types of final year research work for students in the biosciences and other disciplines, it is important to be well informed about student expectations of their project. In this case study within Biomolecular Sciences, questionnaires were used to compare staff and student perceptions about the factors influencing choice of research project by final year undergraduate students. As allocation method changed from choice of specific, predetermined title to negotiation within a wider subject area, any changes in influential factors were investigated. Students on 8 programmes, including joint Honours, were included in the surveys, and 84 responses were analysed, together with those of 20 academics. Results show that whilst staff are aware of most of the factors that influence students' choice of project, there are differences in some aspects--for example, those relating to the tutor's role and to the desire for challenging work. Whilst students were satisfied with both methods of project allocation, staff strongly preferred negotiation between staff and students to allocation by specific title. These findings may be useful to others currently reviewing their own practice with regard to project allocation and design. (Contains 2 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Liverpool)