Article

Academics' perceptions of the purpose of undergraduate research experiences in a research-intensive degree

Citation

Wilson A, Howitt S, Wilson K & Roberts P (2012) Academics' perceptions of the purpose of undergraduate research experiences in a research-intensive degree. Studies in Higher Education, 37 (5), pp. 513-526. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2010.527933

Abstract
The inclusion of research experiences as core components of undergraduate curricula implies that students will be exposed to and situated within the research activities of their university. Such experiences thus provide a new prism through which to view the relations between teaching, research and learning. The intentions and actions of academics supervising these activities will be strongly influenced by their beliefs regarding the nature of research, and the relation between research and learning in the undergraduate context. Surveys of academics supervising such experiences reveal a range of intentions, only some of which address the higher order and critical thinking skills associated with research or independent learning. This may indicate a lack of deep reflection on the purpose of exposing undergraduates to research, but may also be due to the predominance of a hierarchical view of the process by which one makes the transition from student to researcher.

Keywords
academic staff; educational intention; research–teaching nexus; research training; undergraduate research experiences

Journal
Studies in Higher Education: Volume 37, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Publication date31/08/2012
Publication date online20/05/2011
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28118
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0307-5079