SPUR (2020) 4 (2): https://doi.org/10.18833/spur/4/2/13
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- Practice‐ Joshua R. McConnell Parsons, Jannell C. McConnell Parsons, Kathryn Kohls, and Jim Ridolfo
SPUR (2020) 4 (2): https://doi.org/10.18833/spur/4/2/5 Abstract:
The authors of this study evaluate findings from a pilot implementation of a course-based undergraduate research experience integrated into a first-year general education writing classroom. In this initial pilot phase, two sections of the course were offered in fall 2018. Course participants completed retrospective precourse and postcourse measures designed to assess the course’s impact on their acquisition of research skills and their confidence related to inquiry and research. Demographic data also were collected to explore outcomes of underrepresented minority and first generation students. Findings show a statistically significant increase in perceived research skills and in confidence related to abilities as a researcher. Moreover, although there was not a large enough sample for statistical significance, first-generation students showed large gains in confidence.
Creative, Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research: An Educational Cell Biology Video Game Designed by Students for Students‐ Isabelle Sperano, Ross Shaw, Robert Andruchow, Dana Cobzas, Cory Efird, Brian Brookwell, and William Deng
SPUR (2020) 4 (2): https://doi.org/10.18833/spur/4/2/7 Abstract:
In a three-year, practice-based, creative research project, the team designed a video game for undergraduate biology students that aimed to find the right balance between educational content and entertainment. The project involved 7 faculty members and 14 undergraduate students from biological science, design, computer science, and music. This nontraditional approach to research was attractive to students. Working on an interdisciplinary practice-based research project required strategies related to timeline, recruitment, funding, team management, and mentoring. Although this project was time-consuming and full of challenges, it created meaningful learning experiences not only for students but also for faculty members.
- Practice‐ Willa Zhen
SPUR (2020) 4 (2): https://doi.org/10.18833/spur/4/2/6 Abstract:
This article focuses on teaching and mentoring course-based undergraduate research in a vocationally focused higher education setting. At the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), students are immersed in hands-on experiential classes. Their education begins with basic culinary techniques, and they gradually progress toward more specialized cooking skills such as the techniques of specific world regions or the production of specialty products such as chocolates and wedding cakes. The author discusses pedagogical techniques used to teach these learners, who are not the usual participants in independent research projects during a senior capstone. This article examines how to blend and utilize hands-on, experiential activities as part of teaching data gathering and the research process.