ED Division Members Present in Flagstaff at URPD

The Conference for Undergraduate Research Programs: Undergraduate Research Collaborations 2017 was held at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ), June 27-29, 2017.  The Education Division was well-represented with members participating in the poster presentations and seminars.  Posters and seminars received kudos from many conference attendees. Titles and abstracts of the presentations are featured below. 


Poster Sessions

Student Engagement in Undergraduate Research in Education: Recognizing Current Practices and Extending those Boundaries

Ruth J. Palmer | Rebecca McMullen

The College of New Jersey | Fort Valley State University

Student engagement in undergraduate research in professional schools, including schools of education, requires creative curriculum design and innovative pedagogical approaches that address issues related to faculty involvement and student participation. These efforts generate multiple outcomes, including the course-integrated research approach and faculty-stu- dent collaboration opportunities in summer research programs and at conferences. It is critical now to push beyond those boundaries and intentionally target access to undergraduate research for all education majors; this requires the identification of approaches that will serve to increase, sustain, and enhance student participation and continuing engagement throughout their education programs. The CUR Education Division has undertaken that challenge, and this poster aims to share with participants a range of approaches with corresponding assessment methods, which are available to expand student engagement.


Undergraduate Research in Education: A Range of Possibilities

Deborah L. Thompson | Ruth J. Palmer, The College of New Jersey| Jennifer Manak, Bridgewater State University

Education majors are notably underrepresented in undergraduate research (UR) programs. Considering the outstanding benefits of UR for students, it is important for teacher education programs to incorporate UR into the curriculum to prepare future educators to most effectively teach the next generation of students. When education majors engage in UR, they refine their teaching skills, develop an appreciation for research, broaden their knowledge of the discipline, and enhance their understanding of the relationship between educational theory and practice. Faculty mentoring undergraduate researchers in education stress the importance of disciplinary models and definitions of research that include the scholarly practices of educators within the field. This poster will share a range of possible models, methods, and examples of UR in education compiled by Education Division councilors.


College Peer Mentoring of Students with Disabilities: Pathway to Mentors’ Inclusive Practices, Undergraduate Research, and Professional Selves

Ruth J. Palmer, The College of New Jersey


The College of New Jersey staff will report on a qualitative meta-synthesis of the narrative inquiry projects of a sophomore-lev- el course-integrated practicum, in which prospective secondary teachers served as peer mentors to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). The meta-synthesis aimed to identify the indicators of change in mentor’s professional orientation. Syntheses of some 60 documents uncovered several themes and suggest the following areas of identity shifts: (1) a revised orientation to disabilities and inclusive education, (2) upward/downward social-comparison, (3) augmented perceptions of diversity beyond gender and race, and (4) increasing professional self-awareness and pedagogical capacity. This report, along with bibliographic sources, will serve to initiate discussion with attendees about the benefits/pitfalls of a course-integrated research-based practicum, inclusive education, mentored undergraduate research, and identity development.



Provosts, Deans, and Program Directors: Opportunities for Collaboration

Dennis Munk | Chuck Lopez | Rebecca C. McMullen

Carthage College | Eastern Washington University | Georgia College and State University

The critical need for administrative support for UR programs is well understood by program directors and faculty. Provosts, deans, and directors play different roles in supporting UR but can benefit each other’s efforts through collaborative relation- ships that are sometimes difficult to establish due to hierarchical structures. The administrative working group of the education division has developed a set of potential strategies for each office to fulfill its responsibilities while contributing to effectiveness of the others. Presenters will share examples of successful collaboration solicited from members of the CUR Education Division and invite additional examples from the audience. Specific strategies that program directors might use to initiate collaboration with provosts and deans will also be discussed. The session will involve whole-group and small-group interactive activities.


Advancing Undergraduate Research in Education: The Power of Collaboration and Partnership

Ruth J. Palmer, The College of New Jersey

Stacia Miller, Midwestern State University

As a new division of CUR, the Education division, has begun to articulate its strategic plan to achieve its overarching goal of the inclusion of high-impact learning experiences, specifically undergraduate research, into curricula through practices and models of undergraduate research that are unique to education. It has therefore adopted multiple intersecting strategies, among which is to build allies and collaborators within colleges/university, public schools, and community organizations. The purpose of this session is threefold: first to discuss briefly effective existing models of collaboration and partnerships for undergraduate research and creative activities; second, to share current institutional collaborations that have emerged naturally within institutions; and third, to solicit from session participants, to identify other models and approaches to collaboration and partnerships that can serve our goals.


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