Positive Affective and Behavioral Gains of First-Year Students in Course-Based Research across Disciplines
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The Freshmen Research Initiative at Iowa State University promotes student interest and retention in science through introductory course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). Successful strategies for the implementation of CUREs on a large scale in an affordable manner included the use of a postdoctoral coordinator and affiliation with student learning communities. Across multiple disciplines, students in single-semester introductory research courses reported personal gains related to research, to thinking and working like scientists, to attitudes and behaviors of a scientist, and to gains in skills as reported on the Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment. Key outcomes related to persistence in STEM, including self-efficacy and project ownership, were also suggested as early gains due to course-based research.
This article is published as Sandquist, Elizabeth J., Cinzia Cervato, and Craig Ogilvie. "Positive Affective and Behavioral Gains of First-Year Students in Course-Based Research across Disciplines." Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research 2, no. 4 (2019): 45-57. doi: 10.18833/spur/2/4/9. Posted with permission.