Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Reinventing Undergraduate Education: Engaging College Students in Research and Creative Activities

Reinventing Undergraduate Education: Engaging College Students in Research and Creative Activities

Shouping Hu, Kathyrine Scheuch, Robert A. Schwartz, Joy Gaston Gayles, Shaoqing Li

San Francisco: Wiley/JosseyBass, 2008 / ISBN: 978-0-470-28358-5 / Paperback/ 144 pages / February 2008 / US $29.00

(ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 33, Number 4)

Engaging undergraduate students in research and creative activities has been advocated as an innovative strategy to promote student learning in higher education. This monograph systematically synthesizes the literature to provide both conceptual and empirical evidence to demonstrate the effects of such engagement on student learning and development from higher education. Student engagement in research and creative activities during the college years is associated with a variety of outcomes in both the cognitive and affective domains. The evidence also points out that colleges and universities can make a difference in undergraduate engagement in research and creative activities. The authors provided various examples of how different types of institutions integrate inquiry-oriented activities in the curriculum, institutionalize research-supportive programs, and foster a campus culture that values inquiry-based undergraduate education.

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Table of Contents

Learning imperatives in undergraduate education -- Description of undergraduate research and creative activities -- Intellectual foundations of undergraduate research and creative activities -- Understanding student engagement in research and creative activities -- Impacts of student engagement in research and creative activities -- What matters to student engagement in research and creative activities -- Engaging students in research and creative activities -- Impacts of student engagement in research and creative activities -- What matters to student engagement in research and creative activities -- Engaging students in research and creative activities -- Conclusions and implications -- Appendix : Resources for undergraduate research and creative activities.

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