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'Please remember we are not all brilliant':undergraduates' experiences of an elite, research-intensive degree at a research-intensive university

Howitt, Susan; Wilson, Anna; Wilson, Kate; Roberts, Pamela

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Undergraduate research experiences are being incorporated into degree programs with increasing frequency. However, there has been little study into their effectiveness in preparing students for research or into the learning gains that students realise from one or more research experiences. We surveyed science students in an elite, research-based undergraduate degree program at a research-intensive university. These students complete six research projects during their degree and we aimed to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHowitt, Susan
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Anna
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Kate
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Pamela
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:39:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0729-4360
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/36079
dc.description.abstractUndergraduate research experiences are being incorporated into degree programs with increasing frequency. However, there has been little study into their effectiveness in preparing students for research or into the learning gains that students realise from one or more research experiences. We surveyed science students in an elite, research-based undergraduate degree program at a research-intensive university. These students complete six research projects during their degree and we aimed to delineate factors that students perceive as leading to either good or bad experiences. Two factors stand out as contributing to a successful research experience: the supervisor, with students reporting both pedagogic and affective benefits of good supervision; and the feeling that they are doing authentic science. Surprisingly, given the research-intensive nature of this degree, the learning gains students report relate to both an appreciation of what research is like and life skills, such as time management, rather than scientific thinking skills.
dc.publisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceHigher Education Research and Development
dc.subjectGeneric skills
dc.subjectLearning outcomes
dc.subjectResearch skills
dc.subjectResearch-led education
dc.subjectUndergraduate research experience
dc.title'Please remember we are not all brilliant':undergraduates' experiences of an elite, research-intensive degree at a research-intensive university
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume29
dc.date.issued2010-06-18
local.identifier.absfor130103 - Higher Education
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4002960xPUB132
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHowitt, Susan, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWilson, Anna, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWilson, Kate, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRoberts, Pamela, Administrative Division, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage405
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage420
local.identifier.doi10.1080/07294361003601883
local.identifier.absseo939999 - Education and Training not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:22:37Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77953942111
local.identifier.thomsonID000278922000005
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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