Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Student as Scholar: Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice

Association of American Colleges and Universities

The Student as Scholar: Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice

Conference Description, Program, and Resources

300 faculty and administrators gathered in Long Beach, California on April 19-21, 2007 for a conference focused on integrating research and scholarship into the undergraduate experience with the goal of expanding and deepening learning for all students. Conference sessions explored developmental models, research and assessment of student learning, and examples of campus practice.

KEYNOTE: From Convocation to Capstone: Developing the Student as Scholar

David Hodge, Kira Pasquesi, Marissa Hirsh / Miami University ; Paul LePore / University of Washington

In order to integrate undergraduate research most effectively into the learning experience, undergraduate education should focus on the “student as scholar” from the first to final year. President Hodge will offer a vision of the student as scholar, where ‘scholar’ is defined in terms of an attitude, an intellectual posture, and a frame of mind derived from the best traditions of an engaged liberal education. Fulfilling this vision of the student as scholar will require a fundamental shift in how we imagine and structure the curriculum. In this new paradigm, the curriculum is learning-centered, providing intentional pathways that culminate in capstone experiences, peer-reviewed research papers, and creative presentations.

... [T]he undergraduate research experience is often viewed too narrowly as an isolated component of the student’s education, or as suitable for only some of the most advanced students. In this paper we argue that undergraduate research should, in fact, be at the center of the undergraduate experience, that undergraduate education should adopt the “Student as Scholar” Model throughout the curriculum, where scholar is conceived in terms of an attitude, an intellectual posture, and a frame of mind derived from the best traditions of an engaged liberal arts education. With this framework, not only each research project, but also each course, is viewed as an integrated, and integrating, part of the student experience.

Developing the Student as Scholar Model requires a fundamental shift in how we structure and imagine the whole undergraduate experience. It requires, as a minimum, the adoption of the Learning Paradigm in everything from the first introductory course through the final capstone experience. It requires a culture of inquiry-based learning infused throughout the entire liberal arts curriculum that starts with the very first day of college and is reinforced in every classroom and program. It transcends the boundaries of the classroom and takes advantage of the vast amounts of raw material now available to undergraduates.

Presentation (ppt) / Address (pdf) / Podcast Recording (mpg)


Select Conference Workshops, Posters, Roundtable Discussions Case Studies, Plenaries


Sustainable Models of Student–Faculty Collaboration

Research and Creative Scholarship: An Integral Part of the Undergraduate Experience

Assessing the Impact of Undergraduate Research on Student Learning and Campus Culture


Providing Undergraduates with a Research Training Roadmap

Research Ethics Training for Undergraduates

Undergraduate Research: Theirs, Mine, and Ours

Experiences in Research: A Structured, Faculty-Mentored Program for First-Year Students


Collaborative Undergraduate Research Seminars: Providing a “Research I” Experience

Institutionalizing Student Research Opportunities: Creating Visibility and Promoting Collaboration for Engaged Learning

Implementing an Integrative Research Sequence: The “Scientific Core”

Interdisciplinary Research: Building a Bridge to Scientific Inquiry in the 21st Century

Integrating Theory and Practice: An Action Research Case Study

Supporting Undergraduate Research: Centralized and Decentralized Institutional Models and the Role of Statewide Programs

Students’ Expectations of the Analytic and Communications Skills Needed for Research

Co-Creating Pathways to Student Scholarship: A Developmental Trajectory of Experience, Reflection, Research, and Scholarship


A Comprehensive Approach to Student Scholarship

A Developmental Approach to Undergraduate Research in the Sciences

Building a Learner-Centered Environment through Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Moving Undergraduate Research Beyond a Few Disciplines and a Few Student

Developing Student Scholars from Convocation through Commencement: An Institution-Wide Model

What Does the Research Tell Us about Undergraduate Research?

The Role of Undergraduate Research in Student Retention and Academic Success

Multiple Models for Incorporating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum

Assessing Science Enrichment Programs: Measuring Students’ Development as Scholars





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