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ERIC Number: EJ886438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Researching the Conflicts: Undergraduate Research and the Introductory Literature Curriculum
Grobman, Laurie
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v37 n4 p372-383 May 2010
"Undergraduate research" (UR), the educational and comprehensive curricular movement that involves students as apprentices, collaborators, or independent scholars in critical investigations using fieldwork and discipline-specific methodologies under the sponsorship of faculty mentors, is becoming one of the hallmarks of undergraduate education. In this article, the author suggests a particular pedagogical model for students in introductory literature classes to participate in the "undergraduate research" international curricular movement: a research-based curriculum that offers students the opportunity to voice their perspectives on literature and literary studies and, therefore, to shed further light on its most important, and sometimes most troubling, debates and controversies. Specifically, the author extends Gerald Graff's widely hailed "teaching the conflicts" to "researching the conflicts." The author argues that students in introductory and general education literature courses should be brought into the most salient disciplinary inquiries and questions to enable them to contribute knowledge. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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