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Sep 26, 2017 PDF Document Fall 2017 SPUR UG Research Highlights - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
Undergraduate Research Highlights from the Fall 2017 Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
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Sep 25, 2017 PDF Document Book Review-Research-Based Learning: Case Studies from Maastricht Universityh-Infused Undergraduate Music Curriculum - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
Research-Based Learning: Case Studies from Maastricht University, edited by Ellen Bastiaens, Jonathan van Tilburg, and Jeroen van Merriënboer, introduces the university’s honors program in research-based learning (RBL), the theoretical models and key concepts of RBL at the undergraduate level upon which the program is based, and case studies from a diverse range of departments and programs.
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Sep 25, 2017 PDF Document Fall17 SPUR-Undergraduate Research and Student-Staff Partnerships: Supporting the Development of Student Scholars at a Canadian Teaching and Learning Institute - CUR Quarterly, International Perspectives, SPUR
Partnership initiatives—particularly those that engage students in collaborating with faculty/staff on disciplinary research or the scholarship of teaching and learning—share many features with undergraduate research efforts, including the potential to help students develop as active and engaged producers and scholars. Building on these connections, this article describes a unique student partners program housed within the teaching and learning institute at McMaster University (Canada).
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Sep 25, 2017 PDF Document Building a Business Model for Funding Undergraduate Research - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
This article discusses a set of projects that build on the following concepts: the private sector has the ability to fund undergraduate research projects, the private sector is hungry for projects that focus on the scholarship of application and engagement, and students can be empowered beyond a particular research project in this funding model. Through a student-run organization, several departments came together for consulting research projects.
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Sep 25, 2017 PDF Document A Research-Infused Undergraduate Music Curriculum - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
One of the biggest challenges is embedding undergraduate research and creative activity into the curriculum so that more students experience it without placing additional burdens on faculty. This article offers examples within the music degree and general education requirements at two universities that might serve as models. They range from freshman year to senior capstone projects.
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Sep 25, 2017 PDF Document Making Inquiry Learning Our Top Priority: Why We Must and How We Can - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
A new study of students’ course-based assignments suggests that large numbers of college seniors are leaving college with a very weak grasp of how to use evidence or build a well-supported argument. Calling on educators to make the shift from “my course” to new intentionality about “our curriculum,” the author provides practical suggestions for fostering the skills foundational to inquiry learning from first to final year.
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Sep 25, 2017 PDF Document Fall 2017 Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
Full contents of the debut issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (Fall 2017)
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Sep 23, 2017 PDF Document Adapting to Change: Studying Undergraduate Research in the Current Education Environment - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
Given that science and science education are undergoing a climate change, the author suggests a re-envisioning of undergraduate research assessment. He argues that continuation of research into the processes and benefits of undergraduate research opportunities for undergraduates will need to decrease focus on student dispositions and increase attention to the external validity of programs.
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Sep 23, 2017 PDF Document Incorporation and Evaluation of Authentic Research Experiences into the Curriculum through Development of a Theory of Action - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
A theory of action outlining undergraduate research program inputs and desired outcomes was developed and used to guide implementation of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) sections and to create assessment tools to measure attainment of program goals in both apprentice-model undergraduate research and CURE. Student survey results for these two research programs were compared.
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Sep 23, 2017 PDF Document Credit Where Credit Is Due: A Course-Load Banking System to Support Faculty-Mentored Student Research - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
The system designed by Chapman University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity facilitates independent research by undergraduate students who wish to receive academic credit and awards teaching credit to faculty members who mentor this research. This program counts student research credits toward faculty teaching loads, allowing 24 credits to be exchanged for a one-course reduced teaching load in a future academic term.
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Sep 23, 2017 PDF Document An Analysis of Funding for the NSF REU Site Program in Biology from 1987 to 2014 - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
Using data available at the NSF Search Awards site, Biology REU Site awards made from 1987 to 2014 were analyzed. During this time, there was an average of 30.8 new REU Site awards per year with an average duration of three years. Total funding for Biology REU Site awards increased for each four-year period analyzed since 1995–1998 in actual dollars but has not increased substantially in inflation-adjusted dollars since 2003–2006.
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Sep 22, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-A Research-Infused Undergraduate Music Curriculum - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
One of the biggest challenges is embedding undergraduate research and creative activity into the curriculum so that more students experience it without placing additional burdens on faculty. This article offers examples within the music degree and general education requirements at two universities that might serve as models. They range from freshman year to senior capstone projects.
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Sep 22, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-Building a Business Model for Funding Undergraduate Research - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
Through a student-run organization, several departments came together for consulting research projects. Although formal research projects are not the sole activity of the organization, many have been accomplished and presented at academic meetings, highlighting a “theory-to-practice” approach.
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Sep 22, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-Credit Where Credit Is Due: A Course-Load Banking System to Support Faculty-Mentored Student Research - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
The system designed by Chapman University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity facilitates independent research by undergraduate students who wish to receive academic credit and awards teaching credit to faculty members who mentor this research. This program counts student research credits toward faculty teaching loads, allowing 24 credits to be exchanged for a one-course reduced teaching load in a future academic term.
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Sep 22, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-Making Inquiry Learning Our Top Priority: Why We Must and How We Can - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
A new study of students’ course-based assignments suggests that large numbers of college seniors are leaving college with a very weak grasp of how to use evidence or build a well-supported argument. Calling on educators to make the shift from “my course” to new intentionality about “our curriculum,” the author provides practical suggestions for fostering the skills foundational to inquiry learning from first to final year.
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Sep 22, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-Undergraduate Research and Student-Staff Partnerships: Supporting the Development of Student Scholars at a Canadian Teaching and Learning Institute - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
This article describes a unique student partners program housed within the teaching and learning institute at McMaster University (Canada) considering its role in the development of outcomes desired by scholars and practitioners of undergraduate research and student-staff partnership.This assessment can assist in further consideration of the place of partnership within undergraduate research.
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Sep 21, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-Incorporation and Evaluation of Authentic Research Experiences into the Curriculum through Development of a Theory of Action - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
A theory of action outlining undergraduate research program inputs and desired outcomes was developed and used to guide implementation of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) sections and to create assessment tools to measure attainment of program goals in both apprentice-model undergraduate research and CURE.
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Sep 21, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-Student Outcomes from Undergraduate Research Programs: Comparing Models of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
This article examines gains made in research-based skills and experiences by students who participated in a university-sponsored or an NSF-funded REU program in engineering at a large research university. Students completed measures of research-based experiences, openness to research collaboration, and likelihood of pursuing graduate school activities prior to and after completing the research programs. Students also rated the effectiveness of core REU elements at program completion.
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Sep 18, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-An Analysis of Funding for the NSF REU Site Program in Biology from 1987 to 2014 - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
Using data available at the NSF Search Awards site, Biology REU Site awards made from 1987 to 2014 were analyzed. During this time, there was an average of 30.8 new REU Site awards per year with an average duration of three years. Total funding for Biology REU Site awards increased for each four-year period analyzed since 1995–1998 in actual dollars but has not increased substantially in inflation-adjusted dollars since 2003–2006.
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Sep 15, 2017 PDF Document Abstract-Adapting to Change: Studying Undergraduate Research in the Current Education Environment - CUR Quarterly, SPUR
Given that science and science education are undergoing a climate change, the author suggests a re-envisioning of undergraduate research assessment. He argues that continuation of research into the processes and benefits of undergraduate research opportunities for undergraduates will need to decrease focus on student dispositions and increase attention to the external validity of programs.
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