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ERIC Number: EJ817002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Understanding Undergraduate Research Experiences from the Student Perspective: A Phenomenological Study of a Summer Student Research Program
Falconer, John; Holcomb, Dianne
College Student Journal, v42 n3 p869-878 Sep 2008
Undergraduate research programs are becoming more prevalent, but research on the processes and outcomes is limited and deals largely with perceptions of student learning gains. This paper adds to the literature by describing undergraduate research activities from the student perspective. A phenomenological approach was used to analyze journals kept by 17 students during a summer research program. Results indicate that intellectual stimulation and personal relationships with other students and faculty were the most important elements of the research experience. Specific learning gains were not emphasized by student participants. Details of these results are presented to inform faculty mentors and academic administrators in the design and conduct of student research programs.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A