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Simulation as a learning strategy: supporting undergraduate nursing students with disabilities.  

PubMed

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To promote simulation as a learning strategy to support undergraduate nursing students with disabilities. BACKGROUND: Supporting undergraduate nursing students with disabilities has gained further momentum because of amendments to the Disability Discrimination Act in 2009. Providers of higher education must now ensure proactive steps to prevent discrimination against students with a disability are implemented to assist in course progression. Simulation allows for the impact of a student's disability to be assessed and informs the determination of reasonable adjustments to be implemented. Further suitable adjustments can then be determined in a safe environment and evaluated prior to scheduled placement. Auditing in this manner, offers a risk management strategy for all while maintaining the academic integrity of the program. DESIGN: Discursive. METHODS: Low, medium and high fidelity simulation activities critically analysed and their application to support undergraduate nursing students with disabilities assessed. RESULTS: With advancing technology and new pedagogical approaches simulation as a learning strategy can play a significant role. In this role, simulation supports undergraduate nursing students with disabilities to meet course requirements, while offering higher education providers an important risk management strategy. CONCLUSION: The discussion recommends simulation is used to inform the determination of reasonable adjustments for undergraduate nursing students with disabilities as an effective, contemporary curriculum practice. Adoption of simulation, in this way, will meet three imperatives: comply with current legislative requirements, embrace advances in learning technologies and embed one of the six principles of inclusive curriculum. Achieving these imperatives is likely to increase accessibility for all students and offer students with a disability a supportive learning experience. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Provides capacity to systematically assess, monitor, evaluate and support students with a disability. The students' reasonable adjustments can be determined prior to attending clinical practice to minimise risks and ensure the safety of all. PMID:23551215

Azzopardi, Toni; Johnson, Amanda; Phillips, Kirrilee; Dickson, Cathy; Hengstberger-Sims, Cecily; Goldsmith, Mary; Allan, Trevor

2013-03-29

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Supporting undergraduate biomedical entrepreneurship.  

PubMed

As biomedical innovations become more sophisticated and expensive to bring to market, an approach is needed to ensure the survival of the best ideas. The tactic used by Iowa State University to provide entrepreneurship opportunities for undergraduate students in biomedical areas is a model that has proven to be both distinctive and effective. Iowa State supports and fosters undergraduate student entrepreneurship efforts through the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. This unique partnership encourages ISU faculty, researchers, and students to become involved in the world of entrepreneurship, while allowing Iowa's business communities to gain access to a wide array of available resources, skills, and information from Iowa State University. PMID:15134007

Patterson, P E

2004-01-01

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From Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience: Encouraging Innovation in Undergraduate Neuroscience Education by Supporting Student Research and Faculty Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article features the organization Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. FUN was established by a group of neuroscientists dedicated to innovation and excellence in undergraduate neuroscience education and research. In the years since its inception, FUN has grown into a dynamic organization making a significant impact on the quality of…

Hardwick, Jean C.; Kerchner, Michael; Lom, Barbara; Ramirez, Julio J.; Wiertelak, Eric P.

2006-01-01

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Examining the Relationships among Collaborative Learning, Autonomy Support, and Student Incivility in Undergraduate Classrooms  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In response to the general perception among college faculty that student incivility is an increasing problem, we investigated ways in which collaborative learning and autonomy support are related to incivility. After collecting survey data from college faculty and their students, we conducted a path analysis to test the mediating effects of peer…

Summers, Jessica J.; Bergin, David A.; Cole, James S.

2009-01-01

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'Show us you know us': using the Senses Framework to support the professional development of undergraduate nursing students.  

PubMed

As students, fledgling nurses need to feel they belong to a community of academics, peers and mentors who value their contribution to learning and knowledge. Creating a sense of community allows students to experience academic and practice integration at the beginning of their professional journey, recognising that positive learning experiences at an early stage of professional maturation can shape lifelong attitudes to learning and discovery. The Senses Framework has been used to develop supportive working in relation to older adults; it also has resonance for the development of undergraduate nurses. This article focuses on the student experience, exploring the potential for the Senses Framework to underpin a learning community, promoting collaboration and acknowledging the emotional, academic and professional work that is now essential for the preparation of registered nurse in the 21st Century. PMID:21458374

Andrew, Nicola; Robb, Yvonne; Ferguson, Dorothy; Brown, Jayne

2011-03-31

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Increasing undergraduate student retention rates  

Microsoft Academic Search

Based on data from a questionnaire survey of the new undergraduate intake to the University of Birmingham, the factors which influence withdrawal\\/retention rates in the first term were examined. The effectiveness of counselling intervention with first-year undergraduate students at risk of leaving university in their first term is also explored. The implications for universities wishing to increase retention rates and

Barbara Rickinson; Desmond Rutherford

1995-01-01

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Astrology Beliefs among Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A survey of the science knowledge and attitudes toward science of nearly 10000 undergraduates at a large public university over a 20-year period included several questions addressing student beliefs in astrology and other forms of pseudoscience. The results from our data reveal that a large majority of students (78%) considered astrology "very" or…

Sugarman, Hannah; Impey, Chris; Buxner, Sanlyn; Antonellis, Jessie

2011-01-01

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Experiencing work: supporting the undergraduate hospitality, tourism and cruise management student on an overseas work placement  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reports on a funded research project into the experiences of tourism, hospitality and cruise management students on internship outside the UK as part of their British university degree between 2007 and 2009. The research reflected on the perceptions of students, course managers, placement officers and members of university placement groups. The research makes use of data collected in

Philip Gibson; Graham Busby

2009-01-01

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Supporting Undergraduate Computer Architecture Students Using a Visual MIPS64 CPU Simulator  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The topics of computer architecture are always taught using an Assembly dialect as an example. The most commonly used textbooks in this field use the MIPS64 Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) to help students in learning the fundamentals of computer architecture because of its orthogonality and its suitability for real-world applications. This…

Patti, D.; Spadaccini, A.; Palesi, M.; Fazzino, F.; Catania, V.

2012-01-01

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Using Cabri-Geometre to support undergraduate students' understanding of geometric concepts and types of reasoning  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article describes the development of two sessions with first year B ed. mathematics students, using dynamic geometry software to develop geometric reasoning. Although Cabri is not ideally suited to the primary school I have chosen it as an example of a computer representation that adds significantly both to understanding of mathematics and to how mathematics is learnt. Before describing

Cathy Smith

1999-01-01

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Parental Financial Support for Undergraduate Education. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, Research and Development Report. Contractor Report.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This report describes the role of parents in providing financial support for their financially dependent undergraduate children. It presents information on the extent to which parents provide their children with gifts, loans, and in-kind contributions; the amounts they provide; how the amounts compare with the expected family contributions…

Choy, Susan P.; Henke, Robin R.

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Undergraduate Hispanic Student Response to Cooperative Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Three classes of undergraduate Hispanic students assigned to an ESL professor and a teaching assistant were selected to experience cooperative learning over a full semester. Pre-semester surveys were completed by 80 undergraduate students. Post-semester surveys were completed by 66 undergraduate students. Strategies used in the classes included…

Morgan, Bobbette M.; Rosenberg, Graciela P.; Wells, Lori

2010-01-01

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Information Structures and Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study explores how undergraduates seek information across various information structures. Taking part in an interview, fifteen students of diverse backgrounds described their information seeking. The findings pointed to several issues relating to the underlying structures of information resources. Suggestions are made for structural…

Lee, Hur-Li

2008-01-01

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Information Structures and Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study explores how undergraduates seek information across various information structures. Taking part in an interview, fifteen students of diverse backgrounds described their information seeking. The findings pointed to several issues relating to the underlying structures of information resources. Suggestions are made for structural…

Lee, Hur-Li

2008-01-01

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Undergraduate Student Research Project  

NASA Website

[Students Higher Education] [Available: Nationally] USRP provides on-site, mentored internship experiences year-round at all NASA centers. Opportunities are open to full-time college sophomores, juniors and seniors.

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An Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Collaboration between Undergraduate and Graduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|A research experience was made available to an undergraduate Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) student through collaboration with a Masters-level Nutrition graduate student. Both students were under the supervision of a graduate FSHN faculty member. Positive, self-identified aspects for the students included learning how to work…

Dooley, D. A.; Mahon, R. M.; Oshiro, E. A.

2004-01-01

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Student Academic Development through Prescribed Undergraduate Projects  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this paper a methodology for enhancing the academic development of sophomore-level engineering and engineering technology students using undergraduate projects is outlined and discussed. The specific sample project presented in the paper involves the development of MATLAB script files and LabVIEW Virtual Instruments (VIs) for solving several Engineering Mechanics problems. The development of the solution for these problems involves the utilization of a number of valuable programming tools and powerful techniques. The selected students will be guided to write a proposal to seek funding for the project through the College Office of Undergraduate Research (COUR) at the authors institution. The requested funds will be used to financially support the students during the summer. At the conclusion of the project the students are required to document their work in a concise and well written report in a publishable format. The students are also expected to present their project orally in an annual COUR Symposium held on campus, as well as in other off-campus venues. The selected project benefits each involved student in a variety of ways. A discussion will be incorporated in the paper to clearly establish the contribution of each component of the project in terms of the academic development of students and the overall value of the project. Included in the paper will also be examples of MATLAB script files and LabVIEW Virtual Instruments the students have to develop in this project. These examples clearly establish the utility and purpose of the proposed activity.

Navaee, Shahnam

2011-06-13

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Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This publication contains 29 case studies offering lessons learned during a four year NSF-supported MAA project designed to support mathematicians and mathematics departments in the increasingly important challenge of assessing student learning. Three introductory essays set assessment in broader academic and national contexts; an appendix…

Steen, Lynn Arthur, Ed.

2006-01-01

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Student Satisfaction in Large Undergraduate Online Courses  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Researchers investigated perceived satisfaction of undergraduate students with high-enrollment online course sections at a research-intensive university. A modified survey instrument was administered to all undergraduate students enrolled in 2 online statistics courses in which interaction was not a central element of course design. Students were…

Bolliger, Doris U.; Wasilik, Oksana

2012-01-01

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Reconceptualization of community health nursing clinicals for undergraduate students.  

PubMed

The multilevel community intervention model is a way of maximizing community resources and services and providing a community focus for undergraduate community health nursing students. The rationale for a change from traditional community health nursing clinical experiences to more community focused ones and current nursing standards supporting this change are identified. The model and its utilization with undergraduate nursing students is discussed. Three groups of undergraduate community health nursing students will each implement one piece of the model and through group discussions learn about the total model. PMID:9503955

Helvie, C O; Nichols, B S

1998-02-01

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Strategies for Supporting and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A key challenge in developing a viable undergraduate research program is securing adequate support for the effort, both in terms of reliable financial support, and (perhaps most importantly) in terms of providing adequate student/faculty contact time. Financial support for undergraduate research is available via the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, which provides funds for student research efforts both on relatively small scales (i.e., 1-2 students/yr via REU Supplement funds) and on much larger scales (REU Site research projects involving 10 or more students/yr). Depending on the NSF program, funds for intermediate scale undergraduate research efforts (i.e., 3-5 students/yr) may be available as Participant Support via the normal proposal submission process. For faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions, research support obtained via the NSF RUI program and other funding outlets (i.e., ACS-PRF) presumes substantial undergraduate participation in research projects. Securing sufficient faculty contact time for undergraduate researchers is critical to their success and professional development, as well as to the ultimate success of the research. However, the additional time required to train undergraduates in research protocols, along with the challenge of working adequate research time into their generally busier class (and often work) schedules can render such efforts unproductive for research faculty. Strategies I have found helpful in getting the necessary time-on-task and contact time with student researchers include: 1) mentoring 3-4 undergraduates in group research projects, which facilitates technical training and ensures sufficient 'hands' to complete the work; 2) building technical training into traditional courses through open-ended investigative laboratory activities, such that students can begin to develop research skills, as well as the necessary investigative mindset; 3) when possible, providing stipend support for student research efforts, reducing their need for other financial support while in school; 4) committing to a professional outcome and schedule (i.e., presenting results at a specific professional meeting), as a means both to focus student efforts and help them organize their time.

Ryan, J. G.

2004-12-01

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Undergraduate Research Experience in Ocean/Marine Science (URE-OMS) with African Student Component.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The Undergraduate Research Experience in Ocean/Marine Science program supports active participation by underrepresented undergraduate students in remote sensing and Ocean/Marine Science research training activities. The program is based on a model for und...

L. Hayden

2011-01-01

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APS Supports 24 Undergraduate Researchers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article is on page 87 of The Physiologist, June 2012. The American Physiological SocietyÃÂs Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships (UGSRF) program is sponsored by the APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee and funded by the APS Council.

APS Education Office (American Physiological Society Education Office)

2012-06-01

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Undergraduate Student Stress and Coping Strategies  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study of stress among 107 undergraduate students enrolled in various degree strands in a Victorian Institute of Technology reveals that major stressors are both academic and personal in nature. Students generally are more likely to use direct?action strategies in their attempts to cope with college stress, while male students rely. more on palliative techniques compared with female students. The

James C. Sarros; Iain L. Densten

1989-01-01

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Introducing undergraduate students to science.  

PubMed

Understanding the scientific method fosters the development of critical thinking and logical analysis of information. Additionally, proposing and testing a hypothesis is applicable not only to science, but also to ordinary facts of daily life. Knowing the way science is done and how its results are published is useful for all citizens and mandatory for science students. A 60-h course was created to offer undergraduate students a framework in which to learn the procedures of scientific production and publication. The course's main focus was biochemistry, and it was comprised of two modules. Module I dealt with scientific articles, and Module II with research project writing. Module I covered the topics: 1) the difference between scientific knowledge and common sense, 2) different conceptions of science, 3) scientific methodology, 4) scientific publishing categories, 5) logical principles, 6) deductive and inductive approaches, and 7) critical reading of scientific articles. Module II dealt with 1) selection of an experimental problem for investigation, 2) bibliographic revision, 3) materials and methods, 4) project writing and presentation, 5) funding agencies, and 6) critical analysis of experimental results. The course adopted a collaborative learning strategy, and each topic was studied through activities performed by the students. Qualitative and quantitative course evaluations with Likert questionnaires were carried out at each stage, and the results showed the students' high approval of the course. The staff responsible for course planning and development also evaluated it positively. The Biochemistry Department of the Chemistry Institute of the University of São Paulo has offered the course four times. PMID:21567799

De Ávila, Paulo; Torres, Bayardo B

2010-03-01

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Undergraduate Science Students and Electronic Scholarly Journals.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Phase 1 of a two-phase project funded by the NSF-National Science Digital Library Project used focus groups to determine how undergraduate science students perceive journal literature and how they use digital library resources. Their perceptions and use are contrasted with faculty and graduate teaching assistants. Results reveal undergraduates

Tenopir, Carol; Pollard, Richard; Wang, Peiling; Greene, Dan; Kline, Elizabeth; Krummen, Julia; Kirk, Rachel

2003-01-01

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Undergraduate research: students' rewards and challenges  

Microsoft Academic Search

Performing research provides the undergraduate student with a unique and enriching activity. The joys of exploration, innovation and creativity are only a few of the experiences the student goes through when performing research. Nevertheless, heavy course schedules, inadequate preparation until the last (few) semesters in college, and inexperience with group or independent work negatively affect the student's ability to participate

Stefan A. Robila; Amruth N. Kumar; Goran Trajkovski; Jeffrey L. Popyack; Sofya Poger

2005-01-01

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Student Performance in Undergraduate Economics Courses  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Using undergraduate student records from six large public universities from 1990 to 2003, the authors analyze the characteristics and performance of students by major in two economics courses: Principles of Microeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics. This article documents important differences across students by major in the principles…

Mumford, Kevin J.; Ohland, Matthew W.

2011-01-01

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Language Learning Motivation among Iranian Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this study is to describe and examine Iranian's undergraduate students' integrative and instrumental motivation toward learning English as a foreign language. In the study, 79 non-English major students from the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) were selected to complete a questionnaire reflecting their motivation for learning English. In order to determine the students' tendency towards the two

Zahra Vaezi

2008-01-01

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An Undergraduate Student's Perspective on Geoscience Research  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Traditionally, the roles of field experiences in geoscience teaching have come from experienced instructors and researchers with a dedicated interest in how students learn. In this presentation we provide the opposite perspective; that of an undergraduate student at the beginning of her research career. We discuss the benefits and challenges associated with the initial field work and extend our discussion to include subsequent analytical-based laboratory studies. At Montana State University we are addressing key questions related to magma generation and differentiation at three volcanoes in the Central Andes. These are Volcan Uturuncu in southwest Bolivia and the Lazufre system consisting of Lastarria volcano and Cordon del Azufre in Chile and Argentina. To address these issues students collected rock samples and mapped lava flows in the field during the past two Spring Semesters. Upon return to campus the students prepared the samples for whole rock and mineral analyses, followed by travel to and work in external laboratories analyzing and collecting high precision geochemical data. The benefits these experiences provide include the following. First, due to the localities of the field sites, students become familiar with the difficult logistics associated with planning and performing field work in remote localities. Second, in performing the field work, students gain an appreciation of scale and exposure; topics not typically addressed in standard course work. Third, through close interaction with internal and external faculty, graduate students, and professional geologists, undergraduate students build strong relationships with scientists in the area of their interests. Fourth, by acquiring and interpreting high quality field and analytical data, they learn in-depth about modern philosophies, technologies, and data in the geosciences, providing them with skills and experiences that will be of value in their future careers or graduate work. They also learn how to formulate research questions, how to systematically investigate these questions, how to prioritize their time, and how to critique their work objectively. Finally, by presenting the results of their work at professional meetings and departmental seminars, they share in the excitement of making new discoveries and generating results that are truly used. The most significant challenges are time and money. Costs related to stipends, analytical expenses, and travel are substantial and likely prohibitive for many individual students without generous grant or institutional support. Time is equally prohibitive because it can involve periods of more than two years from initial planning to dissemination of the results, in addition to disruption of progression within the undergraduate course curriculum. The latter is particularly significant in this case where field work was conducted in the Southern Hemisphere during the traditional Spring Semesters. As such, success in field- and laboratory-based petrology research at the undergraduate level requires replacing the concept of a "senior thesis" with that of a longer term project beginning as early as, perhaps, the sophomore year.

Wilder, A.; Feeley, T.; Michelfelder, G.

2011-12-01

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Salivary cortisol, stress and arousal following five weeks training in kinesthetic meditation to undergraduate students The authors wish to thank Triodos Bank who supported this project  

Microsoft Academic Search

Summary In an investigation designed to explore the impact of a five- week kinesthetic meditation training programme, healthy undergraduate students were allocated to either a control (CG: n=26) or intervention (IG: n=31) group. Salivary cortisol, stress and arousal were measured before and after the five weeks, during which the IG could attend kinesthetic meditation training sessions for one hour each

Valerie Bullen; Cathrine Fredhoi; William Bloom; Jan Povey; Frank Hucklebridge; Phil Evans; Angela Clow

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Simple vacuum experiments for undergraduate student laboratories  

Microsoft Academic Search

An overview of typical simple experiments, intended for didactic laboratory vacuum classes for undergraduate students majoring in Physics, Physics Engineering and Material Sciences, is presented.For all the experiments, the students perform actual measurements of characteristics of different vacuum components or material properties and compare the obtained results with the values tabulated in the literature: pumping speed measurements, leak measurements, outgassing

J. M. F. dos Santos

2005-01-01

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Simple vacuum experiments for undergraduate student laboratories  

Microsoft Academic Search

An overview of typical simple experiments, intended for didactic laboratory vacuum classes for undergraduate students majoring in Physics, Physics Engineering and Material Sciences, is presented. For all the experiments, the students perform actual measurements of characteristics of different vacuum components or material properties and compare the obtained results with the values tabulated in the literature: pumping speed measurements, leak measurements,

J. M. F. dos Santos

2005-01-01

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Time Management Skills of Undergraduate Business Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this article, we examine the level of time management skills found among undergraduate business students. A procedure is described that assesses how well such students allocate their available out-of-class study time to the various courses taken in a semester. In addition, we examine several variables to determine their impact on time-budgeting effectiveness.

Kathleen McFadden; Jack Dart

1992-01-01

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Assessment of Undergraduate Students' Music Compositions  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study aims to investigate and identify the criteria and parameters for assessing compositions, and how assessment can help students' learning. Participants in the study include three composer-assessors and six undergraduate music students. An assessment framework for music composition based on both the macro and micro philosophies of…

Leung, Chi Cheung; Wan, Yu Ying; Lee, Anthony

2009-01-01

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Career Perceptions of Undergraduate Gaming Management Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This research examines the attitudes and perceptions of undergraduate gaming management students in Macao toward the city's gaming industry and its career prospects. This research is particularly crucial to Macao because of a serious shortage of human resources and difficulty in attracting and retaining employees since the liberalization of Macao casino licensing in 2002. Students who have positive attitudes and

Penny Wan Yim King; Frances Kong Weng Hang

2011-01-01

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Undergraduate medical research: the student perspective  

PubMed Central

Background Research training is essential in a modern undergraduate medical curriculum. Our evaluation aimed to (a) gauge students' awareness of research activities, (b) compare students' perceptions of their transferable and research-specific skills competencies, (c) determine students' motivation for research and (d) obtain students' personal views on doing research. Methods Undergraduate medical students (N=317) completed a research skills questionnaire developed by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Applied Undergraduate Research Skills (CETL-AURS) at Reading University. The questionnaire assessed students' transferable skills, research-specific skills (e.g., study design, data collection and data analysis), research experience and attitude and motivation towards doing research. Results The majority of students are motivated to pursue research. Graduate entrants and male students appear to be the most confident regarding their research skills competencies. Although all students recognise the role of research in medical practice, many are unaware of the medical research activities or successes within their university. Of those who report no interest in a career incorporating research, a common perception was that researchers are isolated from patients and clinical practice. Discussion Students have a narrow definition of research and what it entails. An explanation for why research competence does not align more closely with research motivation is derived from students' lack of understanding of the concept of translational research, as well as a lack of awareness of the research activity being undertaken by their teachers and mentors. We plan to address this with specific research awareness initiatives.

Burgoyne, Louise N.; O'Flynn, Siun; Boylan, Geraldine B.

2010-01-01

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Supporting Students in the Fernuniversitat.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Financial and other support services for undergraduate students in West Germany's Fernuniversitat are compared with those of Britain's Open University and the factors influencing the problems and successes of each are discussed. These factors include administrative problems, costs, regional cooperation, and admission criteria. (MSE)|

Millard, Jeremy

1982-01-01

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‘Show us you know us’: Using the Senses Framework to support the professional development of undergraduate nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

As students, fledgling nurses need to feel they belong to a community of academics, peers and mentors who value their contribution to learning and knowledge. Creating a sense of community allows students to experience academic and practice integration at the beginning of their professional journey, recognising that positive learning experiences at an early stage of professional maturation can shape lifelong

Nicola Andrew; Yvonne Robb; Dorothy Ferguson; Jayne Brown

2011-01-01

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Compendium of Student Papers: 2010 Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

This report is a compilation of research papers written by students participating in the 2010 Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program. The 10-week summer program, now in its 20th year, provides undergraduate students in Civil Engineering the opportu...

B. Brimley B. Schwenn B. Ward G. Larson I. Almy J. Tovar L. Ballard W. Huff

2011-01-01

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Discovering the Determinants of Chemistry Course Perceptions in Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The primary goals of this project were to develop a reliable instrument to measure the chemistry course perceptions (CCP) of undergraduate chemistry students and to determine the predictors of CCP of undergraduate students as they enter their first college chemistry class. In a pilot study, 250 undergraduate students were solicited with 57…

Reardon, Robert F.; Traverse, Maria A.; Feakes, Debra A.; Gibbs, Karen A.; Rohde, Rodney E.

2010-01-01

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Engaging students in an undergraduate research course.  

PubMed

Nursing educators must be creative and dynamic in course design and seek to adopt pedagogical strategies that promote learner outcomes. Using multiple teaching strategies and experiential methods, the author describes one such attempt to engage students enrolled in an undergraduate nursing research course. PMID:21670631

Kohtz, Cindy

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Uncovering Students' Preconceptions of Undergraduate Research Experiences  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Like all learners, undergraduate research interns bring to their research internships a variety of initial ideas, opinions, expectations, beliefs and attitudes about research internships. However, there is little published research on students' preconceptions about research internships and the relationships of these preconceptions to actual…

Adedokun, Omolola A.; Burgess, Wilella D.

2011-01-01

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Careers in Ecology: for Undergraduate Students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Ecological Society of America has recently published two brochures on careers in ecology. Targeting high school and undergraduate students, respectively, the brochures (.pdf format) describe the different fields of ecology and suggest ways of making steps towards becoming a professional ecologist.

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Uncovering Students' Preconceptions of Undergraduate Research Experiences  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Like all learners, undergraduate research interns bring to their research internships a variety of initial ideas, opinions, expectations, beliefs and attitudes about research internships. However, there is little published research on students' preconceptions about research internships and the relationships of these preconceptions to actual…

Adedokun, Omolola A.; Burgess, Wilella D.

2011-01-01

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Sucrose consumption in Thai undergraduate students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Highly added sugar diets have been associated with various health problems such as dental caries, dyslipidemia, obesity and poor quality of life. Unfortunately, sugar consumption, especially sucrose, has increased continu- ously worldwide. The purpose of the study was to examine sources of sugar consumption and amount of added sucrose consumed in Thai undergraduate students. This study was carried out at

Limthong Promdee; Jindarat Trakulthong

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Predictors of Undergraduate Student Binge Drinking  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The relative importance of a number of predictors of binge drinking and of high- versus low-frequency binge drinking among undergraduate students was studied. Findings demonstrated that race, class, fraternity or sorority membership, use of other drugs in the past 30 days, positive alcohol expectancies, perception of minimal risk, perception that…

Strano, Donald A.; Cuomo, Michael J.; Venable, Riley H.

2004-01-01

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Using Peer Teaching to Support Cooperative Learning in Undergraduate Pharmacology  

Microsoft Academic Search

We report findings from the second phase of a study of co-operative, group-based assessment in Pharmacology for second-year undergraduates at The University of Queensland, Australia. Students (n = 285) enrolled in the 2006 Bachelor of Science degree program completed a group-based assessment task (weighted 10% of their course). Blended teaching strategies and the task design were modified to support group

Iris Depaz; Roger W Moni

2008-01-01

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Podcasting to Provide Teaching and Learning Support for an Undergraduate Module on English Language and Communication  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This paper reports findings from research into the benefits of integrating podcasts into a first year undergraduate module on English Language and Communication at Kingston University. As part of a Faculty teaching and learning support scheme for first year undergraduates, six podcasts were developed to improve students' learning and study skills…

Edirisingha, Palitha; Rizzi, Chiara; Nie, Ming; Rothwell, Libby

2007-01-01

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Burnout in Premedical Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Background: There has been growing recognition that medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians across many specialties are prone to burnout, with recent studies linking high rates of burnout to adverse mental health issues. Little is known about the trajectory and origins of burnout or whether its roots may be traced to…

Young, Christina; Fang, Daniel; Golshan, Shah; Moutier, Christine; Zisook, Sidney

2012-01-01

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Towards Remediating Undergraduate Students' Statisticophobia  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In this conceptual paper, based on teaching and TA experience, seven suggestions are made for improving the statistics experience of students in social science courses. These include hiring non-mathematicians to teach the course; emphasize conceptual statistics rather than computational approaches; recognize that many, or ever most, social…

Firmin, Michael; Proemmel, Elizabeth

2008-01-01

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Climate Change Education for Engineering Undergraduate Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The outreach and educational component of my NSF-CAREER grant focused on the development of a new undergraduate course on climate change for engineering undergraduate students and development of project-based course modules for middle and high-school students. Engineering students have minimal formal education on climate issues, but are increasingly finding themselves in positions where they have to participate and address climate change and mitigation issues. Towards this end, we developed a new three-credit course, entitled Global Climate Change: Science, Engineering, and Policy. With a focus on engineering students, this course was structured as a highly quantitative course, taught through an inquiry-based pedagogical approach. The students used a combination of historical climate data from ground-stations and satellites and model results of future climate conditions for different scenarios to ascertain for themselves the current extent of climate change and likely future impacts. Students also combined mitigation efforts, concentrated on geoengineering and alternate energy choices, with climate modeling to determine the immediacy of such efforts. The impacts of the course on the students were assessed with a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches that used pre-post climate literacy and engineering self-efficacy surveys as well as qualitative focus group discussions at the end of the course. I will discuss our undergraduate course development effort and the primary outcomes of the course. I will also briefly describe our k-12 outreach effort on the development of course modules for project-based learning related to air quality and atmospheric science topics.

Dhaniyala, S.; Powers, S.

2011-12-01

53

Undergraduate students' beliefs about the nature of matter  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to determine how undergraduate students described different forms of matter, how they explained different properties of matter, and how they explained the processes of phase change and dissolution. The second purpose of this study was to compare the findings from the undergraduate students to the findings of elementary students and middle school students from

Jessica K Weller

2008-01-01

54

Graduate and Undergraduate Students' Views on Learning and Teaching Physics  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This paper, presented at the 2002 Physics Education Research Conference, summarizes a study that describes graduate and undergraduate students' views on learning and teaching physics. The results indicate that most graduate students use themselves as 'templates' for good learning methods and implemented them in their teaching practice expecting that the undergraduate students could do the same. On the other hand, undergraduate students have difficulties in learning physics and they need different teaching approaches from traditional methods.

Bao, Lei; Lee, Gyoungho

2010-07-26

55

Mentoring Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Students via a Team Effort  

PubMed Central

We describe how a team approach that we developed as a mentoring strategy can be used to recruit, advance, and guide students to be more interested in the interdisciplinary field of mathematical biology, and lead to success in undergraduate research in this field. Students are introduced to research in their first semester via lab rotations. Their participation in the research of four faculty members—two from biology and two from mathematics—gives them a first-hand overview of research in quantitative biology and also some initial experience in research itself. However, one of the primary goals of the lab rotation experience is that of developing teams of students and faculty that combine mathematics and statistics with biology and the life sciences, teams that subsequently mentor undergraduate research in genuine interdisciplinary environments. Thus, the team concept serves not only as a means of establishing interdisciplinary research, but also as a means of incorporating new students into existing research efforts that will then track those students into meaningful research of their own. We report how the team concept is used to support undergraduate research in mathematical biology and what types of team-building strategies have worked for us.

Karsai, Istvan; Knisley, Jeff; Knisley, Debra; Yampolsky, Lev; Godbole, Anant

2011-01-01

56

Graduate and Undergraduate Students' Views on Learning and Teaching Physics  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This study describes graduate and undergraduate studentsâ views on learning and teaching physics. We conducted this research with thirteen junior-level graduate students and four undergraduate students using web-based surveys and interviews. The results indicate that most graduate students use themselves as âtemplatesâ for good learning methods and implemented them in their teaching practice expecting that the undergraduate students could do the same. On the other hand, undergraduate students have difficulties in learning physics and they need different teaching approaches from traditional methods.

Lee, Gyoungho; Bao, Lei

2006-12-06

57

Leveling EBP content for undergraduate nursing students.  

PubMed

Integration of evidence into practice is an essential outcome for baccalaureate nursing students in this era of health care reform. Cultivation of a spirit of inquiry and appreciation for the role of evidence in shaping nursing practice is central to the development of requisite knowledge and skills. A baccalaureate nursing program curricular redesign placed a higher emphasis on evidence-based practice. The evidence-based practice focus of the undergraduate curriculum is a sequence of 3 undergraduate research courses designed to prepare the graduate to identify, locate, read, and critically appraise evidence at the individual study, systematic review, and clinical practice guideline levels. This curriculum lays the foundation for evidence-based practice in the clinical arena and in graduate nursing programs. PMID:23910923

Bloom, Kathaleen C; Olinzock, Barbara J; Radjenovic, Doreen; Trice, Lucy B

58

Librarians and Undergraduate Thesis Support: An Annotated Bibliography  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article surveys the available literature to explore the assistance librarians can provide to undergraduate thesis writers. The article begins with a discussion of undergraduate thesis requirements, then presents an annotated bibliography of scholarship on librarians'; work with thesis writers, and concludes with issues to consider for librarians planning to provide instruction and support to undergraduate thesis writers.

Sara Harrington

2009-01-01

59

Technology-mediated supervision of undergraduate students' dissertations  

Microsoft Academic Search

In Sweden, technology-mediated participation has increased in tertiary education, which has led to changing conditions for its delivery. However, one part has proven more resistant to change, technology-mediated or not: the supervision of students' undergraduate dissertation work. This article presents a study that analyses technological applications to mediate supervision of students' undergraduate dissertation work. It is shown that students in

Jimmy Jaldemark; J. Ola Lindberg

2012-01-01

60

Ethical Issues and Concerns Associated With Mentoring Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The importance of a healthy mentoring relationship, and how to go about achieving one, has been explored in several disciplines, including psychology. However, little of this work has focused specifically on unique ethical issues that may arise while mentoring undergraduate students. The authors provide a definition of mentoring in the context of undergraduate education that takes into account undergraduates' status

Dana D. Anderson; Wendelyn J. Shore

2008-01-01

61

Rutgers Young Horse Teaching and Research Program: undergraduate student outcomes.  

PubMed

Equine teaching and research programs are popular but expensive components of most land grant universities. External funding for equine research, however, is limited and restricts undergraduate research opportunities that enhance student learning. In 1999, a novel undergraduate teaching and research program was initiated at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. A unique aspect of this program was the use of young horses generally considered "at risk" and in need of rescue but of relatively low value. The media interest in such horses was utilized to advantage to obtain funding for the program. The use of horses from pregnant mare urine (PMU) ranches and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs held the risks of attracting negative publicity, potential of injury while training previously unhandled young horses, and uncertainty regarding re-sale value; however, none of these concerns were realized. For 12 years the Young Horse Teaching and Research Program received extensive positive press and provided invaluable learning opportunities for students. Over 500 students, at least 80 of which were minorities, participated in not only horse management and training but also research, event planning, public outreach, fund-raising, and website development. Public and industry support provided program sustainability with only basic University infrastructural support despite severe economic downturns. Student research projects generated 25 research abstracts presented at national and international meetings and 14 honors theses. Over 100 students went on to veterinary school or other higher education programs, and more than 100 others pursued equine- or science-related careers. Laudatory popular press articles were published in a wide variety of breed/discipline journals and in local and regional newspapers each year. Taking the risk of using "at risk" horses yielded positive outcomes for all, especially the undergraduate students. PMID:22767090

Ralston, Sarah L

2012-07-05

62

The Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate Student  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Graduate school is a new and different endeavor when compared to undergraduate studies. The differences primarily lie in the fact that the graduate student will have an independent research project that he or she is responsible for. Beginning graduate school can be a challenge since there is a lot to learn about research, there are courses to take, and the social aspect of graduate school can be very different. Two major things that tend to make graduate school difficult for some is the often unstructured environment and the absence of direction on how you should allocate your time. There is really no formula for graduate school success, and the advice given in this chapter is from my own and other current graduate students' experiences, so choosing what you think will work for you is most important.

Ryan, Kelsey

63

Student and Faculty Perceptions of Undergraduate Research Experiences in Computing  

Microsoft Academic Search

Undergraduate research experiences are promoted and funded for their potential in increasing students’ likelihood of pursuing graduate degrees, increasing their confidence, and expanding their awareness of their discipline and career opportunities. These outcomes, however, depend on the social, organizational, and intellectual conditions under which students conduct research. Large-scale comparative studies suggest that computer science undergraduate researchers participate in fewer of

Lecia Jane Barker

2009-01-01

64

Career Decision Self-Efficacy among Turkish Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Introduction: The aim of this study was to investigate the career decision-making self-efficacy in a sample of 356 Turkish undergraduate students. Method: With this purpose, 356 (138 females; 218 males) Turkish undergraduate students aged 17-24 completed a Turkish-translated version of Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form (CDSE-SF) to…

Isik, Erkan

2010-01-01

65

Tactical reframing to reduce death anxiety in undergraduate nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The effectiveness of a death education program in reducing death anxiety in Australian undergraduate nursing students was examined. The experimental group (n = 97) participated in a death education program conducted over a 13-week period. The comparison group (n = 122) included undergraduate students at the same academic level who had enrolled in a health-science program of similar structure, design,

Deborah C. Mooney

2005-01-01

66

Undergraduate Students' Perceptions of School Psychology: Findings and Implications.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Explores the fund and source of knowledge that undergraduate students possess about school psychology. Results indicated that although undergraduate students rated their perceived knowledge of school psychology significantly higher than clinical psychology, the mean ratings for both disciplines were low. Both psychology and education majors…

Gilman, Rich; Handwerk, Michael L.

2001-01-01

67

Career Decision Self-Efficacy among Turkish Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Introduction: The aim of this study was to investigate the career decision-making self-efficacy in a sample of 356 Turkish undergraduate students. Method: With this purpose, 356 (138 females; 218 males) Turkish undergraduate students aged 17-24 completed a Turkish-translated version of Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form (CDSE-SF) to…

Isik, Erkan

2010-01-01

68

Development of Attitudes towards Socioscientific Issues Scale for Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study aimed to develop and validate the Attitudes towards Socioscientific Issues Scale (ATSIS) for undergraduate students. In the first step, data were collected from 160 undergraduate students from the departments of science education and elementary education to provide validity of the scale. In light of the results of an exploratory factor…

Topcu, Mustafa Sami

2010-01-01

69

Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Moral Development in Undergraduate Business Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study examines relationships between emotional intelligence (EI) and cognitive moral development (CMD) in undergraduate business students. The ability model of emotional intelligence was used in this study, which evaluated possible relationships between EI and CMD in a sample of 82 undergraduate business students. The sample population was…

McBride, Elizabeth A.

2010-01-01

70

How Can Mobile SMS Communication Support and Enhance a First Year Undergraduate Learning Environment?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this paper we discuss a case study investigating how the academic and personal development of first year students on an undergraduate sports education degree can be supported and enhanced with mobile SMS (Short Message Service) communication. SMS-based technologies were introduced in response to students' particular needs (in transition to…

Jones, Geraldine; Edwards, Gabriele; Reid, Alan

2009-01-01

71

Intellectual Growth for Undergraduate Students: Evaluation Results from an Undergraduate Research Conference  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|We describe the development and evaluation of the university-wide, weeklong undergraduate research conference at the University of New Hampshire. Despite increases nationally in the number of undergraduate research conferences (URC), there has been little research examining the social and educational impact of these events on student presenters.…

Potter, Sharyn J.; Abrams, Eleanor; Townson, Lisa; Wake, Cameron; Williams, Julie E.

2010-01-01

72

Test Anxiety and Academic Performance in Undergraduate and Graduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study investigated the relationship between test anxiety and academic performance in 4,000 undergraduate and 1,414 graduate students and found a significant but small inverse relationship between test anxiety and grade point average (GPA) in both groups. Low-test-anxious undergraduates averaged a B+, whereas high-test-anxious students averaged a B. Low-test-anxious female graduate students had significantly higher GPAs than high-test-anxious female graduate

Mark S. Chapell; Z. Benjamin Blanding; Michael E. Silverstein; Masami Takahashi; Brian Newman; Aaron Gubi; Nicole McCann

2005-01-01

73

NSF-supported undergraduate machine vision research activities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

For the past three summers, students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn have been participating in the development and testing of various aspects of machine vision systems with support from the National Science Foundation under the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Much of the work has involved algorithm development since useful work can be performed with a fairly modest programming background. Benchmarking of various algorithms is a related activity that has seen much student participation. To a lesser extent, illumination and optics work has also been performed for the development of experimental setups and actual implementation of vision systems. Over the three-year duration of the program, a total of 34 students participated in these activities. While many of the participants were full-time students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, others were from engineering colleges over a diverse geographical area. Summaries of a number of the projects is included here. It may be noted that the National Science Foundation has established the REU program to encourage more students to obtain advanced degrees in science and engineering and ultimately to pursue careers in research and development.

Miller, John W.; Shridhar, Malayappan

1998-10-01

74

UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTING PROJECTS - AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reports the results of a survey of third year undergraduate computing students undertaking an individual project. Using data gathered from the students themselves, we offer new insights into how students approach such projects. We identify the amount and focus of effort that students experience as appropriate to such an activity, together with the role of the supervisor, and

Mike Joy

75

Virtual Carrots, Sticks and Student Engagement: Supporting Student Researchers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes a three-year research project which aimed to introduce a technological innovation in working with three cohorts of undergraduate students to support them in completing their final-year dissertations through the use of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE). An additional aim of the project was to establish, amongst the…

Cassidy, Claire; Rimpilainen, Sanna

2011-01-01

76

Virtual Carrots, Sticks and Student Engagement: Supporting Student Researchers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article describes a three-year research project which aimed to introduce a technological innovation in working with three cohorts of undergraduate students to support them in completing their final-year dissertations through the use of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE). An additional aim of the project was to establish, amongst the…

Cassidy, Claire; Rimpilainen, Sanna

2011-01-01

77

Higher Education Journals' Discourse about Adult Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In 1999-2000, 7.1 million adults age 24 or older constituted 43% of all undergraduates in U.S. institutions of higher education, compared to 5.73 million adult students enrolled a decade earlier (1989-1990). The growing proportion of adult undergraduates has become a significant source of enrollment and income for numerous institutions for which…

Donaldson, Joe F.; Townsend, Barbara K.

2007-01-01

78

Scientific Research for Undergraduate Students: A Review of the Literature  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Engaging students in authentic scientific research has become an important component of undergraduate science education at many institutions. The purpose of this paper is to explore authentic research experiences as contexts for learning. The authors review empirical studies of undergraduate research experiences in order to critically evaluate…

Sadler, Troy D.; McKinney, Lyle

2010-01-01

79

Research Experiences of Undergraduate Students at a Comprehensive University  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Narrative inquiry was utilized to allow undergraduate students involved in an undergraduate research course to narrate their experiences in their research undertakings under the guidance of their respective mentors. A total of four focus groups representing the Bachelor of Arts and Letters, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Secondary Education,…

Tan, Emily B.

2007-01-01

80

Undergraduate Students' Information Literacy Behaviour in Chulalongkorn University  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper examines the ways in which Thai undergraduate students in Chulalongkorn University find, evaluate, manage, and apply the needed information for doing their course-related assignments and everyday life research. The information literacy behaviour studied includes the undergraduates’ use of information resources, evaluation of information, research styles, and difficulties encountered during research practices. The survey instrument originally developed by Project

Somsak Sriborisutsakul; Chindarat Berpan; Oranuch Sawetrattanasatian; Duangnate Vongpradhip; Nenuphar Supavej; Wachiraporn Klungthanaboon; Saowapha Limwichitr

2012-01-01

81

Research Experiences of Undergraduate Students at a Comprehensive University  

Microsoft Academic Search

Narrative inquiry was utilized to allow undergraduate students involved in an undergraduate research course to narrate their experiences in their research undertakings under the guidance of their respective mentors. A total of four focus groups representing the Bachelor of Arts and Letters, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Secondary Education, and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy were interviewed. The present study

Emily B. Tan

82

Higher Education Journals' Discourse about Adult Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In 1999-2000, 7.1 million adults age 24 or older constituted 43% of all undergraduates in U.S. institutions of higher education, compared to 5.73 million adult students enrolled a decade earlier (1989-1990). The growing proportion of adult undergraduates has become a significant source of enrollment and income for numerous institutions for which…

Donaldson, Joe F.; Townsend, Barbara K.

2007-01-01

83

Scientific Research for Undergraduate Students: A Review of the Literature  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Engaging students in authentic scientific research has become an important component of undergraduate science education at many institutions. The purpose of this paper is to explore authentic research experiences as contexts for learning. The authors revi

Mckinney, Lyle; Sadler, Troy D.

2010-05-01

84

A national science foundation supported undergraduate CSMET research project  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper describes a program at Texas A&M University B Corpus Christi which seeks to involve a substantial number of undergraduate students in active research. This program receives funding from the National Science Foundation, grant number DUE-0094898. Students receive a small stipend in return for participating in one of several multidisciplinary projects. Projects include funded and unfunded research conducted by

R. Stephen Dannelly; Carl W. Steidley

2002-01-01

85

The field course effect: gains in cognitive learning in undergraduate biology students following a field course  

Microsoft Academic Search

Field work and field courses within undergraduate biology degrees have been under threat in recent years for multiple reasons and while there has been widespread support from learned societies, academic staff and students for the retention of field study, there has been little research to support the perceived value of field teaching within this context. This paper reports on research

Eric Easton; Andre Gilburn

2011-01-01

86

The field course effect: gains in cognitive learning in undergraduate biology students following a field course  

Microsoft Academic Search

Field work and field courses within undergraduate biology degrees have been under threat in recent years for multiple reasons and while there has been widespread support from learned societies, academic staff and students for the retention of field study, there has been little research to support the perceived value of field teaching within this context. This paper reports on research

Eric Easton; Andre Gilburn

2012-01-01

87

The Field Course Effect: Gains in Cognitive Learning in Undergraduate Biology Students Following a Field Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Field work and field courses within undergraduate biology degrees have been under threat in recent years for multiple reasons and while there has been widespread support from learned societies, academic staff and students for the retention of field study, there has been little research to support the perceived value of field teaching within this…

Easton, Eric; Gilburn, Andre

2012-01-01

88

BUILDING THE NUMERACY SKILLS OF UNDERGRADUATE AND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper will describe a project designed to enhance the numeracy skills of students at two educational levels - elementary and undergraduate. Under the guidance of the university students, students in grades four through six will formulate a research question, gather the appropriate data and summarize the data using graphs. The graphs along with a written summary of the project

Pam Boger

2002-01-01

89

Motivational Orientation and Burnout among Undergraduate College Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study examined the relationships among motivational orientations based on self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci, 2000b) and burnout among undergraduate college students. A sample of 191 university students was administered the "Academic Motivation Scale" (Vallerand et al., 1992) and the "Maslach Burnout Inventory-Student Survey" (Schaufeli,…

Pisarik, Christopher T.

2009-01-01

90

Enhancing the written communication skills of undergraduate students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Reports on the development of a writing skills module for first-year undergraduate business students in Dublin City University Business School. Details how students complete a series of assignments which aim to improve their writing skills, their understanding of library information systems and their ability to evaluate their own work. Describes the module, which introduces students to both academic and business

Kathy Monks

1997-01-01

91

Success factors for students transferring into undergraduate engineering degree programs  

Microsoft Academic Search

A qualitative pilot study designed to ask transfer students about their transfer experiences and develop practices that will increase transfer student success and retention is being conducted. When completed, this qualitative study will include a series of three interviews occurring at three major epochs during a transfer student's first year of study in an undergraduate engineering degree program. The study

Michael F. Anderson; Lance C. Perez; David Jones; Carmen Zafft

2011-01-01

92

Student Investigations of Ozone: An NSF Undergraduate Research Project  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This presentation describes an ongoing collaboration among minority institutions to stimulate student interest in geoscience and atmospheric science related careers with investigations of tropospheric and stratospheric ozone using sounding balloon platforms. The institutions, University of Houston-Downtown, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York and South Carolina State University are partners in a NSF Geoscience Diversity award. These collaborative efforts have included curriculum integration, individual and joint observational activities as well as dedicated workshops in Paradox, New York and Houston, Texas. The efforts have been enhanced by research partners at the University of Houston, University of Rhode Island, Valparaiso University and the New York City National Weather Service. We will present a description of the student-based projects, student perceptions (pre and post workshop) and include pathways that will enable undergraduate students representing minority and underserved populations to persue graduate studies in the geosciences. The project is supported by NSF GEO 0703585. Additional support has been provided by the New York Space Grant Consortium.

Morris, P. A.; Austin, S.; Johnson, L.; Walter, D.

2008-12-01

93

Students' Political Engagement: A Comprehensive Study of University of Ottawa Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article comprehensively examines the level and patterns of political participation of University of Ottawa (U-Ottawa) undergraduate students. Based on a self-administered survey of 570 undergraduate students of all disciplines, I find that U-Ottawa students show high degrees of political interest and involvement (e.g. the average U-Ottawa…

Stockemer, Daniel

2012-01-01

94

Diversity in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Perspectives Held by Undergraduate Students at a Predominantly European American University  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Undergraduate students (N = 932, 83.8% European Americans, 69.6% women) completed an online survey and reported their definitions of diversity, their attitudes toward incorporating diversity into the curriculum, and their motivations for learning about diversity issues. Findings revealed that students conceptualized diversity primarily in terms…

Littleford, Linh Nguyen

2013-01-01

95

Exploring the "Learning Careers" of Irish Undergraduate Sociology Students through the Establishment of an Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In 2009, a faculty-reviewed student undergraduate journal titled "Socheolas: The Limerick Student Journal of Sociology" was officially launched. The journal, now in its fourth volume, is produced, edited, and managed by a small team from within the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick in Ireland. The objective of this student

Neville, Patricia; Power, Martin J.; Barnes, Cliona; Haynes, Amanda

2012-01-01

96

Exploring the "Learning Careers" of Irish Undergraduate Sociology Students through the Establishment of an Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In 2009, a faculty-reviewed student undergraduate journal titled "Socheolas: The Limerick Student Journal of Sociology" was officially launched. The journal, now in its fourth volume, is produced, edited, and managed by a small team from within the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick in Ireland. The objective of this student

Neville, Patricia; Power, Martin J.; Barnes, Cliona; Haynes, Amanda

2012-01-01

97

Australian Undergraduate Biotechnology Student Attitudes towards the Teaching of Ethics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In recent years, ethics has become part of most tertiary biotechnology curricula. There is, however, considerable variation in the extent and manner of ethics education provided to students in different institutions. In addition, the perceived need that students and employers have regarding ethics education, and the aims and expected outcomes of ethics education, are rarely made clear. This research reports the findings of a questionnaire administered to 375 undergraduate biotechnology students from 19 Australian universities to determine their attitudes towards the teaching of ethics. The results suggest that undergraduate biotechnology students generally regard ethics education to be important and that ethics should be included in undergraduate biotechnology curricula. Students tended, however, to emphasize the professional and industrial side of ethics and not to recognize the personal effects of morals and behaviour. We provide suggestions for rethinking how ethics should be taught.

Lysaght, Tamra; Rosenberger, Philip J., III; Kerridge, Ian

2006-08-01

98

Retention Issues in Legal Education: The Roles of Undergraduate Educators and of Academic Support in the Law School.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Reviews legal education and student retention, particularly of minority students, from three perspectives: current trends in law school admissions, the role of undergraduate institutions in avoiding retention problems by preparing candidates for successful legal education, and the increased role of law school academic support programs in student

Cabrera, Richard

2002-01-01

99

Undergraduate engineering students investigate inexpensive seismometer design  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Using seismometers as a catalyst for learning, the IRIS Consortium has partnered with the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to intensively expose the 2002 CSM freshman engineering class to geophysics instrument design. These students worked to design inexpensive seismic recording systems for use in educational environments as part of the Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence (EPICS).Through the EPICS courses, CSM strives to strengthen the ability of first-year engineering students to resolve open-ended problems in a team environment and learn skills that are vital to their success as engineers. Students learn AutoCAD, technical drawing/drafting skills, prototyping, analysis skills, and communication skills necessary to present and promote engineering design solutions to the professional community. These engineering skills, introduced through coursework, are applied to an open-ended engineering challenge throughout the semester. Although the CSM faculty clearly has skills and expertise in engineering, as well as the pedagogy to deliver this information, the program needs exciting, real-world engineering challenges, technical support to develop the problem, and the human resources and experience to provide students with sufficient content knowledge to attempt the challenge.

Hubenthal, Michael; Boyd, Tom; Lahr, John; Taber, John

100

Curricular Change to Improve Student Learning in Undergraduate Statistics  

Microsoft Academic Search

Undergraduate students often leave statistics courses not fully understanding how to apply statistical concepts. In order to enhance student learning and improve the understanding and application of statistical concepts, an elementary statistics course was transformed from a lecture-based course into one that integrates technology with active and collaborative learning methods. The effect of these changes was evaluated using a combination

Maja Aleksic

101

Group Project Work with Undergraduate Veterinary Science Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper evaluates the experience of second year undergraduate veterinary science students performing group project work. The goals of the study were to encourage deep learning and to develop specific 'life skills', such as decision making, teamwork and communication skills. The results were compared with two similar studies by using a similar survey form to collect student responses. Overall, the

PAUL MILLS

2003-01-01

102

The relationship between undergraduate student counselling and successful degree completion  

Microsoft Academic Search

This research note explores undergraduate students' perceptions of the level of distress they experience at two important transition points, first year entry and final year completion, and the impact of this distress on their academic performance. The effectiveness of counselling intervention in ameliorating this distress, and in improving students' capacity to complete their degree programmes successfully, is discussed. The value

Barbara Rickinson

1998-01-01

103

Online Learning Communities: Enhancing Undergraduate Students' Acquisition of Information Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of online learning communities (OLC) on enhancing the undergraduate students' acquisition of information skills. OLC was compared with online tutorials and one-shot face-to-face sessions designed to facilitate students' information skill acquisition. Data were gathered through…

Dominguez-Flores, Noraida; Wang, Ling

2011-01-01

104

Sense of Control and Career Adaptability Among Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The current study examined the direct relation of sense of control to career adaptability, as well as its ability to function as a mediator for other established predictors, with a sample of 1,991 undergraduate students. Students endorsing a greater sense of personal control were more likely to view themselves as adaptable to the world of work. Additionally, the degree to

Ryan D. Duffy

2010-01-01

105

Measuring Stellar Temperatures: An Astrophysical Laboratory for Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|While astrophysics is a fascinating subject, it hardly lends itself to laboratory experiences accessible to undergraduate students. In this paper, we describe a feasible astrophysical laboratory experience in which the students are guided to take several stellar spectra, using a telescope, a spectrograph and a CCD camera, and perform a full data…

Cenadelli, D.; Zeni, M.

2008-01-01

106

Evaluating Risk Awareness in Undergraduate Students Studying Mechanical Engineering  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This paper examines the development of risk awareness among undergraduate students studying mechanical engineering at a South African university. A questionnaire developed at the University of Liverpool was modified and used on students from the first, second and third year cohorts to assess their awareness in the areas of professional…

Langdon, G. S.; Balchin, K.; Mufamadi, P.

2010-01-01

107

Greek Undergraduate Physical Education Students' Basic Computer Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purposes of this study were to determine how undergraduate physical education (PE) students feel about their level of competence concerning basic computer skills and to examine possible differences between groups (gender, specialization, high school graduation type, and high school direction). Although many students and educators believe…

Adamakis, Manolis; Zounhia, Katerina

2013-01-01

108

Training and Educating Undergraduate Students in the Discipline of HCI  

Microsoft Academic Search

An incoming freshman student stops by your office because he\\/she has read that your research area is HCI and desires to work with you. As teachers and academic advisers, how should we assist our students in choosing courses that will be beneficial to their study of HCI, but that will also provide the breadth that undergraduate studies provide? How should

Cynthia Y. Lester

2009-01-01

109

Nurturing Integrated Brain Hemispheric Functioning in Undergraduate Social Work Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article describes a course designed to help undergraduate social work students integrate the brain's imaginative and logical thinking processes. The educational purpose of this approach was to help students learn how to carry out developmental research, a highly regarded but seldom practiced variant of social work research. The need for developmental research as a method for creating new social

Bernard Gelfand

1982-01-01

110

Adult Learners in a Research University: Negotiating Undergraduate Student Identity  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Adult undergraduate student identities at research extensive universities were uniquely coconstructed, shaped by this selective and competitive youth-oriented cultural context. Drawing upon social constructivist theory, this study explored this coconstruction through positional and relational adult student identities. Positional identities were…

Kasworm, Carol E.

2010-01-01

111

The Information Behaviors and Preferences of Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Research has focused on the effectiveness of library instruction and assessment, yet little is known about how information-seeking characteristics of today's undergraduate students impact information literacy efforts. The current study sought to gain an understanding of students' information-seeking habits and preferences. By conducting focus…

O'Brien, Heather L.; Symons, Sonya

2005-01-01

112

Association between Adult Attachment Representations and Undergraduate Student Course Evaluations  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Students' course evaluations often play an important role in career advancement for faculty. The authors examined the association between attachment representations of parents and course evaluations in a sample of 230 undergraduate students. They found a significant negative association between attachment anxiety with parents and course…

Henson, Alisha M.; Scharfe, Elaine

2011-01-01

113

Enhancing Undergraduate Students' Chemistry Understanding through Project-Based Learning in an IT Environment  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Project-based learning (PBL), which is increasingly supported by information technologies (IT), contributes to fostering student-directed scientific inquiry of problems in a real-world setting. This study investigated the integration of PBL in an IT environment into three undergraduate chemistry courses, each including both experimental and…

Barak, Miri; Dori, Yehudit Judy

2005-01-01

114

The views of five participating undergraduate students of the Student Associates Scheme in England  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reports findings from a study which explored undergraduate perceptions of the Student Associates Scheme in England (SAS). The scheme was established by the Training and Development Agency for Schools in an attempt to increase the number of graduates entering the teaching profession, particularly in shortage subjects such as the physical sciences and mathematics. The scheme places undergraduate students

Stuart Bevins; Marilyn Brodie; Eleanor Brodie

2010-01-01

115

Integrating Undergraduate Research and Study Abroad: Students’ Perceptions on the Effects of Undergraduate Research Abroad on Student Development  

Microsoft Academic Search

Preparing students to succeed in today’s increasingly global and competitive world is a declared objective of many colleges and universities in the U.S. However, the disconnect between higher education and the preparation of undergraduate students to succeed professionally still remains. To address this issue, an increasing number of colleges and universities have created opportunities for more integrative learning, including opportunities

Friederike S. Muehls

2005-01-01

116

Self-Efficacy, Perceived Social Support, and Psychological Adjustment in International Undergraduate Students in a Public Higher Education Institution in Malaysia  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The globalization of the economy and society has had its impact on Malaysian higher education institutions, particularly universities. The Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education aims at intensifying globalization through increasing the number of international students. However, many international students struggle with adjusting to a new culture.…

Yusoff, Yusliza Mohd.

2012-01-01

117

Students' political engagement: a comprehensive study of University of Ottawa undergraduate students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article comprehensively examines the level and patterns of political participation of University of Ottawa (U-Ottawa) undergraduate students. Based on a self-administered survey of 570 undergraduate students of all disciplines, I find that U-Ottawa students show high degrees of political interest and involvement (e.g. the average U-Ottawa student regularly informs him- or herself about politics and one out of two

Daniel Stockemer

2012-01-01

118

Faculty Research Orientation, Undergraduate Research and Student Outcomes  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study examined the impact of faculty variables (research-oriented, teaching-oriented, percent of external funding) on student participation in undergraduate research and creative activities and educational gains. Faculty who were research-oriented or who had external research funds increased the odds of students participating in research activities. Research orientation and external funding also positively affected the types of activities in which students

Kathyrine L Scheuch

2007-01-01

119

Partnering and programming for undergraduate honors students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – This paper sets out to describe successful partnerships between Purdue University Libraries' faculty and directors of undergraduate honors programs. By reporting the results and implications of these collaborations and sharing effective approaches for building new partnerships, the author hopes to provide ideas and suggestions for others considering similar collaborations and services. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – During the 2006\\/2007 academic year,

Catherine Fraser Riehle

2008-01-01

120

Encouraging Undergraduate Engineering Students towards Civic Engagement  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Responding to the calls for teaching "soft skills" within the undergraduate engineering curriculum and for the university to address a perceived decrease in social capital, a programme titled Community Awareness Initiatives Responsibly Directed by Engineers (CAIRDE, an Irish language word meaning "friends") was instituted at the National…

Wallen, Matthew R.; Pandit, Abhay S.

2009-01-01

121

Developing model-eliciting activities for undergraduate students based on advanced engineering content  

Microsoft Academic Search

Are you interested in creating open-ended, client-driven, realistic engineering tasks for undergraduate students that will introduce them to the world of engineering early in their academic careers? With the support of the National Science Foundation, model-eliciting activities (MEAs) were created and implemented with first-year engineering students at Purdue University. These tasks are open-ended modeling problems that introduce advanced engineering content

Tamara Moore; Heidi Diefes-Dux

2004-01-01

122

Association Reports: Council on Undergraduate Research: An Investment in Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research Students Meet Members of Congress  

Microsoft Academic Search

This past April 10th, 58 college and university students met Members of Congress and their staffs at the first Undergraduate Research Poster Session on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). These students represented 46 institutions of higher learning in 31 states, from as far away as California and Alaska to as near as Virginia and Maryland.

Judith A. Halstead

1997-01-01

123

Undergraduate student nurses' perceptions of two practice learning models: A focus group study.  

PubMed

BACKGROUND: Phase 1 of this study examined student, mentor and clinical manager's perceptions of a 'Hub and Spoke' practice learning model in year 1 of an undergraduate nursing programme. Findings from Phase 1 suggested that the model had significant educational merit in orientating students to clinical learning and emphasising the primacy of the mentor relationship in developing and supporting students. Following the students through year 2 of their programme, wherein they experienced a 'rotational' practice learning model, which provided an opportunity to explore student perceptions of both models. AIMS: To explore undergraduate nurses' perceptions of two experienced practice learning models: hub and spoke model, and the classical rotational model. In a previous study the hub and spoke model appeared to develop 1st year students' sense of belongingness, continuity and quality of practice learning, there for it was important to understand what students reported about these issues when recounting their 2nd year experience in the clinical setting that was organised according to a classical rotational model. DESIGN: Qualitative approach utilising focus groups. PARTICIPANTS: 10 under-graduate student nurses at the end of 2nd year. METHODS: Focus group interviews. RESULTS: Students responded in ways that indicate they believed the experiences of year 1 had raised their faith in their ability to cope with the practice learning and educational demands of nursing. They saw themselves as being better prepared for year 2 as a result of their exposure to hubs and spokes. The study has identified traits of resilience, continued belongingness and self-confidence in orientation to learning in clinical practice in hub and spoke experienced students. CONCLUSIONS: The student nurses found the hub and spoke model valid in 1st year, whilst stating that for 2nd year the rotational model can be valid. This supports earlier findings that student nurses require a structured and supportive 1st year learning environment to enable development of resilience for subsequent years. PMID:23594513

Roxburgh, Michelle

2013-04-14

124

Guide to Selected Federal Assistance Programs for Undergraduate Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Information is provided on 14 federal programs providing financial assistance to undergraduate students in universities, colleges, and vocational/technical schools. The programs provide three different types of assistance: grants (or scholarships), loans, and job earnings. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid, but loans do. Some of the…

Stedman, Jim; Scott, Marcia

125

Undergraduate Management Skills Courses and Students' Emotional Intelligence.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|An inquiry was based on a literature review that found many parallels between management skills and emotional intelligence (EI) skills. Undergraduates (n=121) in a management course focused on intrapersonal and interpersonal skills significantly improved their EI compared with 113 students in other business courses. (Contains 48 references.) (SK)|

Clark, Sue Campbell; Callister, Ronda; Wallace, Ray

2003-01-01

126

Undergraduate Student Socialization and Learning in an Online Professional Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Using data collected from a qualitative case study of an online baccalaureate nursing program, we examined the influence of online degree programs on undergraduate student socialization and learning. We considered how components of socialization--knowledge acquisition, investment, and involvement--are influenced by the online context. The…

Holley, Karri A.; Taylor, Barrett J.

2009-01-01

127

Student Perceptions of an EFL Undergraduate Research Writing Project  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Undergraduate research paper has long been a tradition in US freshman composition programs, although whether the research paper should or can be taught in the English department continues to be debated. In many of the English departments in Taiwan, students are also required to compose a research paper for their composition class. However, there…

Yeh, Chun-Chun

2009-01-01

128

Group Supervision and Japanese Students' Successful Completion of Undergraduate Theses  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This paper explores, from a sociocultural perspective, the nature and functions of "zemi" or seminars in which Japanese undergraduate students received group supervision for research and thesis writing. The study also investigates how the "zemi" contributed to completion of their theses. It was found that the "zemi" provided contexts for teaching…

Yamada, Kiyomi

2013-01-01

129

Looking for seismic scatterers: summer research experience for undergraduate students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This project was part of collaboration between Randolph College (VA) and Georgia Institute of Technology (GA). It was designed as summer research experience for undergraduate students. The duration of the project was eight weeks. The aim of this study was to search for fault zone scatterers in the Parkfield section of the San Andreas Fault, and examine the presence or

I. Gerasimenko; S. Bagchi; T. Toteva; Z. Peng

2008-01-01

130

Cheating Behaviours, the Internet and Education Undergraduate Students  

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|This paper describes an illuminative small-scale study that piloted an initial survey instrument intended to investigate correspondences between 47 undergraduate Education final year students' use of information and communications technology (ICT), including the Internet, and--within the context of their adoption of tactics intended to impress…

Trushell, J.; Byrne, K.; Simpson, R.

2012-01-01

131

Differences in Procrastination and Motivation between Undergraduate and Graduate Students  

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Procrastination became increasingly prevalent among students in recent years. However, little research was found that directly compares academic procrastination across different academic grade levels. The present study used a self-regulated learning perspective to compare procrastination types and associated motivation between undergraduate and…

Cao, Li

2012-01-01

132

Changes in Student Attitudes and Goals During the Undergraduate Years.  

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|Changes in characteristics, personal goals, and political and social attitudes that took place between the freshman and senior years for a sample of undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are analyzed. This was a period when freshmen were becoming more materialistic and less politically liberal. (MLW)|

Marion, Paul B.; Cheek, Neal K.

1986-01-01

133

Comparing Effectiveness of Undergraduate Course Delivery: A Student Perspective  

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Higher education students can and do take courses delivered in a variety of ways. But, to date, little research has been done on the effectiveness of different delivery modes. This study sought to fill that void by comparing the effectiveness of three undergraduate course delivery modes: classroom, online, and video conference at a technical…

Koenig, Robert J.

2009-01-01

134

Introducing Undergraduate Students to Real-Time PCR  

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|An experiment is conducted, which in four 3 h laboratory sessions, introduces third year undergraduate Biochemistry students to the technique of real-time PCR in a biological context. The model used is a murine erythroleukemia cell line (MEL cells). These continuously cycling, immature red blood cells, arrested at an early stage in…

Hancock, Dale; Funnell, Alister; Jack, Briony; Johnston, Jill

2010-01-01

135

An Exploratory Study of Cyberbullying with Undergraduate University Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Understanding the covert events surrounding the undergraduate students' experience is essential to educators' and counselors' involvement in their success. Research into bullying behaviors has documented victims' feelings of anger, sadness and poor concentration. Affordable technologies have propagated this concern into cyberspace. This…

Walker, Carol M.; Sockman, Beth Rajan; Koehn, Steven

2011-01-01

136

Social Networking in Physical Education: Undergraduate Students' Views on Ning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|It was the aim of this study to investigate physical education undergraduate students' views on the use of social networking, one of the most typical representations of Web 2.0 technologies. In order to do so, the researcher, who was the instructor of the class, entitled "Fair Play Education in Sport", introduced Ning and its educational aspects…

Sezen Balcikanli, Gulfem

2012-01-01

137

Changes in Student Attitudes and Goals During the Undergraduate Years.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Changes in characteristics, personal goals, and political and social attitudes that took place between the freshman and senior years for a sample of undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are analyzed. This was a period when freshmen were becoming more materialistic and less politically liberal. (MLW)

Marion, Paul B.; Cheek, Neal K.

1986-01-01

138

Priority Health Behaviors among South African Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study examined the priority health behaviors of South African youth by administering a questionnaire to 635 undergraduate students enrolled in a large metropolitan university in South Africa. Results indicate that 65.5% of the participants tried cigarettes at least once during their lifetime, over 15.2% had their first cigarette and 31.2%…

Porter, Kandice; Johnson, Ping Hu; Petrillo, Jane

2009-01-01

139

Information Resource Selection of Undergraduate Students in Academic Search Tasks  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Introduction: This study aims to investigate the selection of information sources and to identify factors associated with the resource selection of undergraduate students for academic search tasks. Also, user perceptions of some factors, such as credibility, usefulness, accessibility and familiarity, were examined to classify resources by their…

Lee, Jee Yeon; Paik, Woojin; Joo, Soohyung

2012-01-01

140

Biochemistry of Neuromuscular Diseases: A Course for Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article outlines an undergraduate course focusing on supramolecular membrane protein complexes involved in the molecular pathogenesis of neuromuscular disorders. The emphasis of this course is to introduce students to the key elements involved in the ion regulation and membrane stabilization during muscle contraction and the role of these…

Ohlendieck, Kay

2002-01-01

141

Teaching Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Undergraduate Psychology Students  

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|This article describes an experimental undergraduate psychology course that ran for two semesters during the 2009 academic year at a private, urban university in the United States. Students learned the techniques and strategies of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) with a focus on the practical…

Ryan, Tracey Ellen; Blau, Shawn; Grozeva, Dima

2011-01-01

142

Validation of the Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ) in Taiwanese Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this study was to translate and validate the Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ; McCullough et al. 2002) using Taiwanese undergraduate students. A total of 608 college students (M\\u000a age = 20.19, SD = 2.08) were recruited for the current study and they completed the GQ, optimism, happiness, and big five personality\\u000a questionnaires. Confirmation factor analysis indicated that a five item model was a better

Lung Hung Chen; Mei-Yen Chen; Ying Hwa Kee; Ying-Mei Tsai

2009-01-01

143

Positioning (in) the discipline: undergraduate students' negotiations of disciplinary discourses  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper is drawn from a longitudinal case study in which the authors have tracked the progress of 20 Social Science students over the course of their undergraduate degrees at a historically ‘white’ South African university. The students are all from disadvantaged educational backgrounds and\\/or speakers of English as a second language. The paper draws on post-structuralist and post-colonial theory

Rochelle Kapp; Bongi Bangeni

2009-01-01

144

Engaging undergraduate nursing students in research: the students' experience of a summer internship program pilot project.  

PubMed

Educators continue to struggle with ways to foster an interest in and a passion for nursing research among undergraduate students. The purpose of this article is to describe the introduction of undergraduate student internships at the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, as an innovation in education that allowed students to be employed while engaging them in student learning, scientific inquiry, and scholarship through one-to-one faculty-student research mentorships. In this article, the key components of the summer internship program are described, along with five nursing students' experiences of their participation in the program. PMID:23855343

Cepanec, Diane; Clarke, Diana; Plohman, James; Gerard, Judy

2013-07-18

145

Declining Undergraduate Student Performance in Higher Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Factors contributing to declining academic performance of college students are considered, including: increased government intervention in education, declining faculty expectations and lowered standards, administrative policies, and changing student attitudes and expectations. One view is that government is largely responsible for the…

Spinelli, Teri

146

Undergraduate Students' Resistance to Study Skills Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Research indicate that students generally fail to benefit from study skills courses and show resistance to this course in higher education level. The purpose of this research is to investigate reasons why students show resistance to the course of study skills and habits. In this research, a qualitative design utilizing retrospective interviews…

Yuksel, Sedat

2006-01-01

147

Illegal drugs and nutrition in undergraduate students.  

PubMed

The nutritional status of 82 marihuana-smoking students from two establishments of tertiary education was studied and compared with 63 controls. There was little difference between these two groups of students. Thirty-four per cent of those taking drugs had a diet which was deficient in one or more nutrients, compared with 30% of the controls. Four of the students who took drugs and three controls had a marginally reduced serum level of vitamin B12, but all were taking oral contraceptive agents. Sixteen marihuana-smokers had either a low folate or low pyridoxal serum level, and another three had reduced serum levels of both vitamins compared with a total of eleven among the controls. Forty-three students (52%) had used, or were using, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in addition to marihuana, and 10 had used mushrooms (Psilocybe cubensis). Thirteen students appeared to be "stoned" at interview. PMID:683079

Davis, R E; Midalia, N D; Curnow, D H

1978-06-01

148

Undergraduate students' perceptions of practicing psychiatrists.  

PubMed

This article reports research findings from a survey of 261 students regarding their perceptions of psychiatrists. Overall, students view psychiatrists as competent and prestigious. At the same time, however, only approximately half of respondents reported having a "positive view" of these professionals and around one-third were neutral. College students view psychiatrists as effective for treating relatively severe mental health problems, although depression was not considered to be a psychiatrist's relative strong suit (only half viewed them as being effective). Some confusion between psychiatrists and psychologists seemed apparent. Although students did not consider the media a highly reliable source of information, media sources nonetheless appeared to play a dominant role in determining how college students framed psychiatry roles. We discuss the results in the context of the need for further education by the specialty of psychiatry and the importance of reversing what appears to be some negative stereotyping. PMID:23160253

Firmin, Michael W; Wantz, Richard A; Geib, Ellen F; Ray, Brigitte N

2012-11-01

149

The influence of reputation information on the assessment of undergraduate student work  

Microsoft Academic Search

The present study employed an experimental design to examine the influence of knowledge of a student’s previous performance and the general quality of their writing style on the assessment of undergraduate student work. Fifteen sport and exercise physiology academics were asked to mark and give feedback on two final year undergraduate student essays. The first student essay that participants marked

John Batten; Jo Batey; Laura Shafe; Laura Gubby; Phil Birch

2011-01-01

150

Undergraduate nursing students' perceptions regarding factors that affect math abilities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A review of the nursing literature reveals many undergraduate nursing students lack proficiency with basic mathematical skills, those necessary for safe medication preparation and administration. Few studies exploring the phenomenon from the undergraduate nursing student perspective are reported in the nursing literature. The purpose of this study was to explore undergraduate nursing students’ perceptions of math abilities, factors that affect math abilities, the use of math in nursing, and the extent to which specific math skills were addressed throughout a nursing curriculum. Polya’s Model for Problem Solving and the Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Affective Domain served as the theoretical background for the study. Qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized to obtain data from a purposive sample of undergraduate nursing students from a private university in western Pennsylvania. Participants were selected based on the proficiency level with math skills, as determined by a score on the Elsevier’s HESI™ Admission Assessment (A2) Exam, Math Portion. Ten students from the “Excellent” benchmark group and eleven students from the “Needing Additional Assistance or Improvement” benchmark group participated in one-on-one, semi-structured interviews, and completed a 25-item, 4-point Likert scale survey that rated confidence levels with specific math skills and the extent to which these skills were perceived to be addressed in the nursing curriculum. Responses from the two benchmark groups were compared and contrasted. Eight themes emerged from the qualitative data. Findings related to mathematical approach and confidence levels with specific math skills were determined to be statistically significant.

Pyo, Katrina A.

151

Intuition in Nursing Practice: Sharing Graduate Students' Exemplars with Undergraduate Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Graduate nursing students (n=21) wrote descriptions of how they used intuition in clinical practice. Undergraduates in a nursing research course used these exemplars to learn about content analysis and develop their own intuitive thinking. (SK)

Beck, Cheryl Tatano

1998-01-01

152

Astrobiology Undergraduate Education: Students' Knowledge and Perceptions of the Field  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

With the field of astrobiology continually evolving, it has become increasingly important to develop and maintain an educational infrastructure for the next generation of astrobiologists. In addition to developing more courses and programs for students, it is essential to monitor the learning experiences and progress of students taking these astrobiology courses. At the University of Florida, a new pilot course in astrobiology was developed that targeted undergraduate students with a wide range of scientific backgrounds. Pre- and post-course surveys along with knowledge assessments were used to evaluate the students' perceived and actual learning experiences. The class incorporated a hybrid teaching platform that included traditional in-person and distance learning technologies. Results indicate that undergraduate students have little prior knowledge of key astrobiology concepts; however, post-course testing demonstrated significant improvements in the students' comprehension of astrobiology. Improvements were not limited to astrobiology knowledge. Assessments revealed that students developed confidence in science writing as well as reading and understanding astrobiology primary literature. Overall, student knowledge of and attitudes toward astrobiological research dramatically increased during this course, which demonstrates the ongoing need for additional astrobiology education programs as well as periodic evaluations of those programs currently underway. Together, these approaches serve to improve the overall learning experiences and perceptions of future astrobiology researchers.

Foster, Jamie S.; Drew, Jennifer C.

2009-04-01

153

Student Psychological Distress: A psychometric study of 1750 Norwegian 1st?year undergraduate students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Evidence which suggests that university and college students are more vulnerable to psychological distress than the general population has generated increasing public concern. This study presents psychometric data on Norwegian undergraduate students' psychological distress (N = 1750). Psychological distress was assessed by applying the 12?item version of the General Health Questionnaire. Twenty?one percent of the students reported symptoms indicating clinically significant psychological

Per Nerdrum; Tone Rustøen; Michael H. Rønnestad

2006-01-01

154

Hypothetical Biotechnology Companies: A Role-Playing Student Centered Activity for Undergraduate Science Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Science students leaving undergraduate programs are entering the biotechnology industry where they are presented with issues which require integration of science content. Students find this difficult as through-out their studies, most content is limited to a single subdiscipline (e.g., biochemistry, immunology). In addition, students need…

Chuck, Jo-Anne

2011-01-01

155

Use of Web-Based Student Extension Publications to Improve Undergraduate Student Writing Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Increased opportunities for undergraduate students in agricultural and natural resource disciplines to write for diverse audiences besides their instructor may increase motivation to write and improve student writing skills. The objectives of this teaching research were to determine and compare the initial writing experience of students enrolled…

Motavalli, P. P.; Patton, M. D.; Miles, R. J.

2007-01-01

156

Increasing Student Participation in Undergraduate Research Benefits Students, Faculty, and Department  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Little information is available about how departments might improve undergraduate students' access to research experience. At a midsized psychology department (550 majors, 21 full-time faculty), we identified 5 barriers in our existing program (lack of student awareness, unequal student access, poor curricular timing, lack of publicity, and uneven…

Wayment, Heidi A.; Dickson, K. Laurie

2008-01-01

157

The Role of Student-Generated Analogies in Promoting Conceptual Understanding for Undergraduate Chemistry Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article reports on the value of using student-generated analogies with undergraduate science students as a strategy for promoting conceptual understanding. A quantitative study was undertaken involving students in four sections of an introductory chemistry course for prospective science majors attending a four year college in British…

Spier-Dance, Lesley; Mayer-Smith, Jolie; Dance, Nigel; Khan, Samia

2005-01-01

158

Using Student Learning and Development Outcomes to Evaluate a First-Year Undergraduate Group Video Project  

PubMed Central

Students in an interdisciplinary undergraduate introductory course were required to complete a group video project focused on nutrition and healthy eating. A mixed-methods approach to data collection involved observing and rating video footage of group work sessions and individual and focus group interviews. These data were analyzed and used to evaluate the effectiveness of the assignment in light of two student learning outcomes and two student development outcomes at the University of Minnesota. Positive results support the continued inclusion of the project within the course, and recommend the assignment to other programs as a viable means of promoting both content learning and affective behavioral objectives.

Jensen, Murray; Mattheis, Allison; Johnson, Brady

2012-01-01

159

European Core Curriculum in Cariology for undergraduate dental students.  

PubMed

As dental caries prevalence is still high in many populations and groups of both children and adults worldwide, and as caries continues to be responsible for significant health, social and economic impacts, there is an urgent need for dental students to receive a systematic education in cariology based upon current best evidence. Although European curriculum guidelines for undergraduate students have been prepared in other dental fields over the last decade, none exist for cariology. Thus the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) formed a task force to work with the Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) on a European Core Curriculum in Cariology. In 2010, a workshop to develop such a curriculum was organised in Berlin, Germany, with 75 participants from 24 European and 3 North/South American countries. The Curriculum was debated by five pre-identified working groups: I The Knowledge Base; II Risk Assessment, Diagnosis and Synthesis; III Decision-Making and Preventive Non-surgical Therapy; IV Decision-making and Surgical Therapy; and V Evidence-based Cariology in Clinical and Public Health Practice and then finalised jointly by the group chairs. According to this Curriculum, on graduation, a dentist must be competent at applying knowledge and understanding of the biological, medical, basic and applied clinical sciences in order to recognise caries and make decisions about its prevention and management in individuals and populations. This document, which presents several major and numerous supporting competences, does not confine itself to dental caries alone, but refers also to dental erosion/non-erosive wear and other dental hard tissue disorders. PMID:22023541

Schulte, A G; Pitts, N B; Huysmans, M C D N J M; Splieth, C; Buchalla, W

2011-07-01

160

Factors that Contribute to Undergraduate Student Success  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In this paper, we report on the outcomes of a study that was designed to explore the significant characteristics of a nursing professional development programme, which was perceived as having a successful outcome in terms of student attrition, academic attainment, practice development, and motivation for study. We provide a rational for the…

Dearnley, Christine; Matthew, Bob

2007-01-01

161

Factors that contribute to undergraduate student success  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper, we report on the outcomes of a study that was designed to explore the significant characteristics of a nursing professional development programme, which was perceived as having a successful outcome in terms of student attrition, academic attainment, practice development, and motivation for study. We provide a rational for the study, and an outline of the research design.

Christine Dearnley; Bob Matthew

2007-01-01

162

ISEG Undergraduate Students: Determinants of Academic Performance  

Microsoft Academic Search

Over the last three decades there have been in Portugal a quite huge public investment in the school system and the implementation of an effective compulsory education. These changes came along with the democratization of school experience. Moreover the increase in the number of students in higher education is a national goal that have been pursued by education policy. Families,

GRAÇA LEÃO FERNANDES; MARGARIDA CHAGAS LOPES

2008-01-01

163

Tactical reframing to reduce death anxiety in undergraduate nursing students.  

PubMed

The effectiveness of a death education program in reducing death anxiety in Australian undergraduate nursing students was examined. The experimental group (n = 97) participated in a death education program conducted over a 13-week period. The comparison group (n = 122) included undergraduate students at the same academic level who had enrolled in a health-science program of similar structure, design, and duration as the death education program. No subjects in the comparison group had previously participated in a death education program. All participants were pre- and post-tested using the revised Collett-Lester Fear of Death Scale. Post-test analysis indicated that the 13-week death education program was effective in decreasing death anxiety. PMID:16323712

Mooney, Deborah C

164

Assessment of electronic health record usability with undergraduate nursing students.  

PubMed

Health information technology (HIT), and specifically electronic health records (EHR), are recognized as fundamental tools for collecting, storing, retrieving, and monitoring patient care and information. However, few schools of nursing have incorporated theoretical or practical aspects of HIT competencies within the educational curriculum. The purpose of this study was to conduct a usability assessment to explore undergraduate nursing student electronic health record documentation knowledge and skill, using a patient case scenario to inform the development of an informatics-based undergraduate nursing curriculum. Three themes were identified: "Being a Novice User/Practitioner," "Confidentiality and Security," and "Repetition and Practice." Integration of the EHR into nursing curriculum will allow students an EHR apprenticeship with the potential to enhance understanding and skill of nursing processes, documentation, and critical thinking. Findings will also guide teaching and learning strategies that will respond to rising expectations for competency with health information technology. PMID:22718666

Jones, Stephanie; Donelle, Lorie

2011-09-27

165

Applied Research Offers Undergraduate Students Experience and Ideas for Projects  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper describes a NASA-funded project that has provided students in engineering technology, computer science, geographic information sciences, and mathematics at A&M-CC with technical experience and ideas for graduate and undergraduate projects. The project involves the development of a remotely-controlled, shallow-draft vehicle designed as a supplemental tool for our studies of the South Texas coastal waters. The system transmits environmental

Rafic Bachnak; Alex Sadovsky; Gary Jefferess; Stacey Lyle

2006-01-01

166

Measuring Hong Kong Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes Towards Transpeople  

Microsoft Academic Search

Hill and Willoughby’s (Sex Roles, 53:531–544, 2005) Genderism and Transphobia Scale (GTS), originally developed in Canada, was examined with a Hong Kong sample. Undergraduate\\u000a students, 82 female and 121 male (total n?=?203), completed a Chinese version of the instrument. Overall scores and factor structure of the Hong Kong sample were compared\\u000a with Hill and Willoughby’s Canadian data. Gender differences in

Sam Winter; Beverley Webster; Pui Kei Eleanor Cheung

2008-01-01

167

Student Support Services for the Underprepared Student  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The needs of students who enter college underprepared transcend academic preparation. These students require an array of student services that will support them in their quest to achieve the academic and personal skills necessary for college-level coursework and academic success. The model the author proposes in this article is not unique, but it…

Wilmer, Elizabeth

2008-01-01

168

AC 2007-696: INTEGRATING CHINESE STUDENTS INTO UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION  

Microsoft Academic Search

Abstract Chinese students have been entering graduate engineering programs in the United States for over 25 years. However, until recently, Chinese undergraduate students have not been included in this trend. Chinese undergraduate students are now transferring into Engineering Technology programs,in the United States. This paper reports on the performance,of the students in technical courses and the challenges they face during

Rebecca Blust

2007-01-01

169

USING AN ONLINE DATABASE SEARCHING TUTORIAL TO ENCOURAGE REFLECTION ON THE RESEARCH PROCESS BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS  

Microsoft Academic Search

In 2003, Education Liaison Librarians designed and implemented an online database searching tutorial for students in a core third year Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Education undergraduate unit. This was intended to promote reflection on the scholarly research process in undergraduate students. Impetus for the tutorial came from academic staff, librarians and student feedback. This indicated that students experienced

Joanna Logan

170

Nurse preceptors' views of precepting undergraduate nursing students.  

PubMed

The nurse preceptor is an essential bridge between the classroom and the real world of human patients and clinical settings. The 26 experienced nurse preceptors who participated in this qualitative study shared stories and important perspectives on the nurse preceptor role in pre-licensure nursing education. Three consistent themes emerged: being engaged in the educational process, acknowledge my efforts, and it depends on the student. These findings have implications for schools of nursing and faculty working with undergraduate students in the clinical setting. PMID:22616403

Raines, Debrorah A

171

Health Perceptions, Self and Body Image, Physical Activity and Nutrition among Undergraduate Students in Israel  

PubMed Central

Purpose This study examines health perceptions, self and body image, physical exercise and nutrition among undergraduate students. Methods A structured, self-reported questionnaire was administered to more than 1500 students at a large academic institute in Israel. The study population was heterogenic in both gender and fields of academic study. Results High correlations between health perceptions, appropriate nutrition, and positive self and body image were found. The relationships between these variables differed between the subpopulation in the sample and the different genders. Engagement in physical exercise contributed to positive body image and positive health perceptions more than engagement in healthy nutrition. Nutrition students reported higher frequencies of positive health perceptions, positive self and body image and higher engagement in physical exercise in comparison to all other students in the sample. Conclusions This study suggests, as have many before, that successful health promotion policy should reflect a collectivist rather than an individualist ethos by providing health prerequisites through a public policy of health-promotion, where the academic settings support a healthy lifestyle policy, by increasing availability of a healthy, nutritious and varied menu in the cafeterias, and offering students various activities that enhance healthy eating and exercise. Implications and contribution This study examined health perceptions, self-image, physical exercise and nutrition among undergraduate students and found high correlations between these topics. Nutrition students reported higher frequencies of positive health perceptions, and positive self and body image and engaged more in physical exercise when compared with all other students in the sample.

Korn, Liat; Gonen, Ester; Shaked, Yael; Golan, Moria

2013-01-01

172

Home environmental hazard education for undergraduate and prelicensure nursing students.  

PubMed

This paper presents a Healthy Homes education module for undergraduate and prelicensure nursing students. The education module, which is based on the National Center for Healthy Housing's framework for Healthy Homes, was developed, implemented, and evaluated in three phases. Phase 1 included nine Web-based recorded lectures on the Healthy Homes principles and on home assessment and referral. In the next phase, a Healthy Homes clinical laboratory simulation (home visit scenario and four rooms of an apartment) was created. Phase 3 involved piloting home visits by students who, under the supervision of a clinical instructor, conducted Healthy Homes assessments of clients living in two low-income subsidized housing sites. Using a pretest-posttest format, students' knowledge of Healthy Homes concepts significantly increased after completing the Phase 1 Web-based lectures. Student evaluations, which were collected after each phase, were consistently positive. PMID:22909044

Polivka, Barbara J; Chaudry, Rosemary Valedes; Mac Crawford, J

2012-08-20

173

Assessing Gains in Undergraduate Students' Abilities to Analyze Graphical Data  

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The authors of this TIEE Research Paper assessed analytical and graphing abilities in undergraduate students at four colleges and universities. The authors integrated use of graphing and data analysis skills throughout their lecture and lab courses using active-learning exercises that they developed. At the end of the courses, most students (75-90 %) were adept at interpreting simple bar graphs and scatterplots, and their skills in making graphs from raw data improved considerably. However, little improvement was found in their understanding of independent and dependent variables, and most students (> 50-75 %) had difficulty properly summarizing trends from data with variation. Students also did not improve in their abilities to interpret complex bar graphs with interactions. These areas that may deserve attention from those who teach analytical skills at the college level. The authors recommend strategies to teach these skills and strategies to assess whether teaching methods are effective.

Parshall, Tim

2010-02-16

174

Social Support, Self-Esteem, and Stress as Predictors of Adjustment to University among First-Year Undergraduates  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The current study examined the joint effects of stress, social support, and self-esteem on adjustment to university. First-year undergraduate students (N = 115) were assessed during the first semester and again 10 weeks later, during the second semester of the academic year. Multiple regressions predicting adjustment to university from perceived…

Friedlander, Laura J.; Reid, Graham J.; Shupak, Naomi; Cribbie, Robert

2007-01-01

175

The educational preparation of undergraduate nursing students in pharmacology: perceptions and experiences of lecturers and students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper explores the perceptions and experiences of lecturers and undergraduate nursing students relating to teaching and learning issues in pharmacology. A total of 14 focus group interviews were conducted at 10 university settings, which involved seven academic staff and seven student interviews. The focus group interviewing method was used because it enabled all participants to have ‘a say’, facilitated

Elizabeth Manias; Shane Bullock

2002-01-01

176

What Behaviours Do Students Consider Academically Dishonest? Findings from a Survey of Canadian Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This paper identifies those behaviours that students perceive to be academically dishonest and sheds light on several demographic, academic and situational factors that predict students' perceptions of academic dishonesty. Data for this investigation were obtained through self-administered questionnaires from a sample of 321 undergraduate

Jurdi, Rozzet; Hage, H. Sam; Chow, Henry P. H.

2012-01-01

177

Watershed Watch - Student-driven Research Experiences That Attract Undeclared Undergraduate Students Into STEM Majors  

Microsoft Academic Search

The NSF-sponsored partnership between the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), New Hampshire Community Technical College (NHCTC), and the College of the Albemarle (COA) has implemented a unique series of courses designed to attract undergraduate students with undeclared majors into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These courses incorporate student- driven research comparing the

B. N. Rock; S. R. Hale; L. B. Hayden; K. J. Graham

2007-01-01

178

Can undergraduate biology students learn to ask higher level questions?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Our goals in this study were to explore the type of written questions students ask after reading one or more chapters from their textbook, and to investigate the ability of students to improve their questions during the course of a single semester. In order to classify student's questions we used a taxonomy that we have developed specifically for this purpose. Two comparable populations were examined: Undergraduate students in a large, introductory biology class who were taught in traditional lecture format, and students in a similar class who were taught in cooperative/active learning style. After the taxonomy was presented to the active learning class, more students were able to pose better, written questions. Their questions became more insightful, thoughtful, and content-related, and were not easily answered by consulting the textbook or another readily available source. The best questions could be recast as scientific research questions (i.e., hypotheses). In contrast, when the taxonomy was presented to students in the traditionally taught class, the quality of student-posed questions was largely unchanged. Various explanations for the difference in outcomes are discussed, and methods are suggested about how generally to encourage students' questions and to improve their question-asking skills regardless of overall teaching style.

Marbach-Ad, Gili; Sokolove, Phillip G.

2000-10-01

179

Supporting Student Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article provides practical suggestions for principals for enhancing the success of student teaching experiences in their building. Specifically, principals can develop procedures for welcoming the student teacher, communicate with university officials early and frequently, monitor the quality and variety of the student teaching experience,…

Conderman, Greg; Pedersen, Theresa

2006-01-01

180

Undergraduate Physics Course Innovations and Their Impact on Student Learning  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This paper presents results of an NSF project in which the goal is to provide a synthesis of research on instructional innovations that have been implemented in undergraduate courses in physics. The research questions guiding the project are: What constitutes the range of principal course innovations that are being implemented in undergraduate physics courses? What are the effects of these course innovations on student learning? The paper describes: (1) the literature search procedures used to gather over 400 innovation-related journal articles, (2) the procedures followed to analyze the studies within these articles, (3) the characteristics of the studies reported, and (4) the results from synthesizing the quantitative results of those studies that met our criteria for inclusion.

Iverson, Heidi L.; Briggs, Derek; Ruiz-Primo, Maria; Talbot, Robert; Shepard, Lorrie A.

2010-01-19

181

Undergraduate Physics Course Innovations and Their Impact on Student Learning  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents results of an NSF project in which the goal is to provide a synthesis of research on instructional innovations that have been implemented in undergraduate courses in physics. The research questions guiding the project are: What constitutes the range of principal course innovations that are being implemented in undergraduate physics courses? What are the effects of these course innovations on student learning? The paper describes: (1) the literature search procedures used to gather over 400 innovation-related journal articles, (2) the procedures followed to analyze the studies within these articles, (3) the characteristics of the studies reported, and (4) the results from synthesizing the quantitative results of those studies that met our criteria for inclusion.

Iverson, Heidi L.; Briggs, Derek C.; Ruiz-Primo, Maria A.; Talbot, Robert M.; Shepard, Lorrie A.

2009-11-01

182

Modeling the Problem-Based Learning Preferences of McMaster University Undergraduate Medical Students Using a Discrete Choice Conjoint Experiment  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Objectives: To use methods from the field of marketing research to involve students in the redesign of McMaster University's small group, problem-based undergraduate medical education program. Methods: We used themes from a focus group conducted in an electronic decision support lab to compose 14 four-level educational attributes. Undergraduate

Cunningham, Charles E.; Deal, Ken; Neville, Alan; Rimas, Heather; Lohfeld, Lynne

2006-01-01

183

Describing Changes in Undergraduate Students' Preconceptions of Research Activities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Research has shown that students bring naïve scientific conceptions to learning situations which are often incongruous with accepted scientific explanations. These preconceptions are frequently determined to be misconceptions; consequentially instructors spend time to remedy these beliefs and bring students' understanding of scientific concepts to acceptable levels. It is reasonable to assume that students also maintain preconceptions about the processes of authentic scientific research and its associated activities. This study describes the most commonly held preconceptions of authentic research activities among students with little or no previous research experience. Seventeen undergraduate science majors who participated in a ten week research program discussed, at various times during the program, their preconceptions of research and how these ideas changed as a result of direct participation in authentic research activities. The preconceptions included the belief that authentic research is a solitary activity which most closely resembles the type of activity associated with laboratory courses in the undergraduate curriculum. Participants' views showed slight maturation over the research program; they came to understand that authentic research is a detail-oriented activity which is rarely successfully completed alone. These findings and their implications for the teaching and research communities are discussed in the article.

Cartrette, David P.; Melroe-Lehrman, Bethany M.

2012-12-01

184

Designing Undergraduate Research Experiences for Nontraditional Student Learning at Sea  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

NOTE: This is a large file, 7.6 mb in size! The University of Washington, Tacoma (UWT) serves a large nontraditional student population. This article describes how nontraditional student learning in environmental sciences is especially enriched by access to unique hands-on field experiences that foster a sense of scientific ownership. The environmental science curriculum at UWT is based on an experiential learning model that enhances undergraduate education by involving students in ongoing research projects that extend beyond the classroom into the broader scientific community. During the summers of 2001 and 2002, undergraduate students from UWT participated in two very different marine research courses designed by environmental science faculty. By comparing these two course designs, the authors identified two primary issues of importance when setting up a field research program at sea. First, learning outcomes are dependent on the platform chosen for the research cruise, and thus the vessel to be used must be considered when designing a curricular model. Second, planning and implementation considerations need to be addressed regardless of the platform chosen.

Gawel, James; Greengrove, Cheryl

2005-01-01

185

Threshold Concepts as Focal Points for Supporting Student Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The Plant Sciences Pedagogy Project conducted research into undergraduate teaching and learning in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge and has translated the research findings into interventions to improve support for student learning. A key research objective for the project was to investigate how teachers within the…

Jordan, Katy; Tracy, Frances; Johnstone, Keith

2011-01-01

186

Supporting Students' Motivation, Engagement, and Learning During an Uninteresting Activity  

Microsoft Academic Search

The present study examined the capacity of 2 different theoretical models of motivation to explain why an externally provided rationale often supports students' motivation, engagement, and learning during relatively uninteresting learning activities. One hundred thirty-six undergraduates (108 women, 28 men) worked on an uninteresting 20-min lesson after either receiving or not receiving a rationale. Participants who received the rationale showed

Hyungshim Jang

2008-01-01

187

Undergraduate physics course innovations and their impact on student learning  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Over the last several decades, the efficacy of the traditional lecture-based instructional model for undergraduate physics courses has been challenged. As a result, a large number of reform-oriented instructional innovations have been developed, enacted, and studied in undergraduate physics courses around the globe---all with the intended purpose of improving student learning. This thesis satisfies the need for a comprehensive synthesis of the effectiveness of these course innovations by analyzing: (1) the types of innovations that have been enacted, (2) the impact of these innovations on student learning, and (3) the common features of effective innovations. An exhaustive literature search for studies published after 1990 on undergraduate physics course innovations yielded 432 articles which were then coded with respect to the characteristics of the innovations used as well as the methodological characteristics of the studies. These codes facilitated a descriptive analysis which characterized the features of the pool of studies. These studies were then meta-analyzed in order to evaluate the effect of innovations on student learning. Finally, a case-study analysis was conducted in order to identify the critical characteristics of effective innovations. Results indicate that most innovations focus on introductory mechanics and use some combination of conceptually oriented tasks, collaborative learning, and technology. The overall effect of course innovations has been positive, but with the caveat that a large number of studies suffer from poor methodological designs and potential threats to validity. In addition, over half of the studies had to be eliminated from the meta-analysis because they did not report the data necessary for an effect size to be calculated. Despite these limitations the results of the meta-analysis indicated that there was one innovation which had particularly high effect sizes---Workshop/Studio Physics---an innovation which involves an integrated classroom environment in which there is minimal or no lectures and class time focuses on collaborative student activities involving the use of technology.

Iverson, Heidi Louise

188

Effects of cooperative learning strategy on undergraduate kinesiology students' learning styles.  

PubMed

A growing body of research supports cooperative learning as an effective teaching strategy. A specific cooperative learning strategy, Team-based Learning, was applied to a convenience sample of four undergraduate sophomore-level motor behavior courses over four semesters from Fall 2002 to Spring 2004 to examine whether this strategy would affect students' learning styles. The data from the Grasha-Reichmann Student Learning Style Scales indicated that this teaching strategy was associated with a significant decrease in the negative Avoidant and Dependent learning styles and an improvement in the positive Participant learning style. PMID:16383090

Meeuwsen, Harry J; King, George A; Pederson, Rockie

2005-10-01

189

Diagnostic Tests for Entering and Departing Undergraduate Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A diagnostic test administered at the start of a class should test basic concepts which are recognized as course prerequisites. The questions should not be over-packaged: e.g. students should be required to create models, rather than this being done for them each time. Students should be allowed great latitude in their answers, so we can discover what they are thinking. When administered at the end of a class the goals should be similar: testing concepts taught in the class itself and the retention of necessary concepts from previous classes. Great care has to be taken to avoid teaching to the test. In assessing an entire program, for example an undergraduate majors degree in physics, then one looks for very general skills and knowledge not specific to any one course. The purpose of an undergraduate degree in physics (or indeed any science) is to equip the students with a set of problem-solving skills and basic knowledge which can be applied in a large variety of workplace settings and to allow that student to contribute to civic society as a science-literate person. The creator of any diagnostic test should always have these big goals in mind. We have developed a set of questions which we think fulfill these criteria, yet are not specific to any particular level of science education. They have been administered to students in secondary schools across Canada, incoming first-year science students and final-year physics students at the University of British Columbia. The results will be presented.

Waltham, Chris; Kotlicki, A.

2006-12-01

190

Undergraduate International Students: A Resource for the Intercultural Education of American Peers?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Intercultural education is widely perceived as desirable and international students are increasingly perceived as a resource for fostering intercultural competencies among American college students. This study surveys undergraduate international students at a small, primarily undergraduate, public liberal arts university in the Midwest to…

Breuning, Marijke

2007-01-01

191

Identifying Alternative Conceptions of Chemical Kinetics among Secondary School and Undergraduate Students in Turkey  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study identifies some alternative conceptions of chemical kinetics held by secondary school and undergraduate students (N = 191) in Turkey. Undergraduate students who participated are studying to become chemistry teachers when they graduate. Students' conceptions about chemical kinetics were elicited through a series of written tasks and…

Cakmakci, Gultekin

2010-01-01

192

A New Cost-Effective Diode Laser Polarimeter Apparatus Constructed by Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The construction of a diode laser polarimeter apparatus by undergraduate students is described. The construction of the modular apparatus by undergraduate students gives them an insight into how it works and how the measurement of a physical or chemical property is conducted. The students use the polarimeter to obtain rotation angle values for…

Lisboa, Pedro; Sotomayor, Joo; Ribeiro, Paulo

2010-01-01

193

URSSA, the Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment: A Tool for Assessing Student Outcomes of Undergraduate Research  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Evidence-based thinking is essential both to science and to the development of effective educational programs. Thus assessment of student learning—gathering evidence about the nature and depth of students’ learning gains, and about how they arise—is a centerpiece of any effective undergraduate research (UR) program. Assessment data can be used to monitor progress, to diagnose problems, to strengthen program designs, and to report both good outcomes and strategies to improve them to institutional and financial stakeholders in UR programs. While the positive impact of UR on students’ educational, personal and professional development has long been a matter of faith, only recently have researchers and evaluators developed an empirical basis by which to identify and explain these outcomes. Based on this growing body of evidence, URSSA, the Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment, is a survey tool that departments and programs can use to assess student outcomes of UR. URSSA focuses on what students learn from their UR experience, rather than whether they liked it. Both multiple-choice and open-ended items focus on students’ gains from UR, including: (1) skills such as lab work and communication; (2) conceptual knowledge and linkages among ideas in their field and with other fields; (3) deepened understanding of the intellectual and practical work of science; (4) growth in confidence and adoption of the identity of scientist; (5) preparation for a career or graduate school in science; and (6) greater clarity in understanding what career or educational path they might wish to pursue. Other items probe students’ participation in important activities that have been shown to lead to these gains; and a set of optional items can be included to probe specific program features that may supplement UR (e.g. field trips, career seminars, housing arrangements). The poster will describe URSSA's content, development, validation, and use. For more information about URSSA and how to use it, visit our web site.

Laursen, S. L.; Hunter, A.; Weston, T.; Thiry, H.

2009-12-01

194

Impact of the Older Student on Undergraduate Enrollment. SAIR Conference Paper.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Enrollment and retention trends during 1977-1981 for undergraduate nontraditional (age 25 and older) students at West Virginia University (WVU) were studied. During the 5-year period, the number of nontraditional undergraduates increased over 23 percent, while total undergraduate enrollment remained relatively stable. Nationally, females represent…

Kayla, Carol A.; And Others

195

[Nurse undergraduate students' perception of quality of life].  

PubMed

The research objective was to know nurse undergraduate students' perception of quality of life. A cross-sectional study was conducted from August 2010 to August 2011 with 56 nursing students of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Brasilia, Brazil. A specific questionnaire was used (sociodemographic, academic and health profile) and the WHOQOL-BREF. Statistical analyzes included a description of frequency, central tendency and dispersion measures, and comparison between domains. The Psychological and Environment domains were assessed as the best and worst scores, respectively. The facets called Thinking, learning, memory and concentration, Sleep and rest Energy and fatigue, Activities of daily living, Work Capacity, Participation in and opportunities for recreation/leisure activities,financial resources and negative feelings were affected. The facets with the worst score influenced negatively the quality of life for students and might trigger negative feelings such as bad mood, desperation anxiety and depression. PMID:24015471

Bampi, Luciana Neves da Silva; Baraldi, Solange; Guilhem, Dirce; Pompeu, Rafaella Bizzo; Campos, Ana Carolina de Oliveira

2013-06-01

196

Adult Undergraduate Students: How Do They Define Success?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study explored how adult students define success in college and their perceptions of factors that either support or hinder achievement of this success. Thirteen returning adult students at two institutions were interviewed using a grounded theory approach. Data were analyzed inductively and iteratively to identify persistent themes. Students

Donaldson, Joe F.; Graham, Steven W.; Martindill, William; Long, Shawna; Bradley, Shane

197

Engaging Undergraduate Students in Transiting Exoplanet Research with Small Telescopes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Brigham Young University has a relatively large undergraduate physics program with 300 to 360 physics majors. Each of these students is required to be engaged in a research group and to produce a senior thesis before graduating. For the astronomy professors, this means that each of us is mentoring at least 4-6 undergraduate students at any given time. For the past few years I have been searching for meaningful research projects that make use of our telescope resources and are exciting for both myself and my students. We first started following up Kepler Objects of Interest with our 0.9 meter telescope, but quickly realized that most of the transits we could observe were better analyzed with Kepler data and were false positive objects. So now we have joined a team that is searching for transiting planets, and my students are using our 16" telescope to do ground based follow-up on the hundreds of possible transiting planet candidates produced by this survey. In this presentation I will describe our current telescopes, the observational setup, and how we use our telescopes to search for transiting planets. I'll describe some of the software the students have written. I'll also explain how to use the NASA Exoplanet Archive to gather data on known transiting planets and Kepler Objects of Interests. These databases are useful for determining the observational limits of your small telescopes and teaching your students how to reduce and report data on transiting planets. Once that is in place, you are potentially ready to join existing transiting planet missions by doing ground-based follow-up. I will explain how easy it can be to implement this type of research at any high school, college, or university with a small telescope and CCD camera.

Stephens, Denise C.; Stoker, E.; Gaillard, C.; Ranquist, E.; Lara, P.; Wright, K.

2013-10-01

198

Reformed undergraduate instruction and its subsequent impact on secondary school teaching practice and student achievement  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Arizona Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers (ACEPT) Program is one of several reform efforts supported by the National Science Foundation. The primary ACEPT reform mechanism has been month-long summer workshops in which university and community college science and mathematics faculty learn about instructional reforms and then attempt to apply them in their courses. Previous ACEPT evaluation efforts suggest that, when implemented, the reforms boost undergraduate student achievement. The initial purpose of the present study was to discover whether enrollment of preservice teachers in one or more of these reformed undergraduate courses is linked to the way they teach after they graduate and become in-service teachers. Assuming that a link is found, a second purpose was to discover whether the presumed positive effect is in turn linked to their students' achievement. In short, the answer appears to be yes, at least among the biology teachers and students surveyed. Compared with controls, the biology teachers who had enrolled in one or more ACEPT reformed course during their teacher preparation program demonstrated significantly higher scores on the measure of reformed instruction and their students demonstrated significantly higher achievement in terms of scientific reasoning, nature of science, and biology concepts. These results support the hypothesis that teachers teach as they have been taught. Furthermore, it appears that instructional reform in teacher preparation programs including both methods and major's courses can improve secondary school student achievement.

Adamson, Scott L.; Banks, Debra; Burtch, Mark; Cox, Frank, III; Judson, Eugene; Turley, Jeffery B.; Benford, Russell; Lawson, Anton E.

2003-12-01

199

[Biological risk accidents among undergraduate healthcare students: five years experience].  

PubMed

Undergraduate healthcare students are exposed to bloodborne pathogens, and data from developing countries is scarce. We report the experience of a comprehensive program dedicated to the management of this risk. The program includes financial coverage, a 24-hour attention system, HIV, HBV, HCV testing, and free provision of post-exposure antiretroviral drugs. During 2003-2007, incidence rates of these exposures reached 0.9 per 100 student-years. Events were only observed among medicine, nursing, and midwifery students, with rates highest among nursing students (RR 3.5 IC95 1.93 - 6.51). Cuts and needle stick injuries predominated (74.7% of accidents). Three students were exposed to HIV patients (1.9%), all of them received prophylactic drugs, infection was discarded after follow up, and also discarded after exposures to HBV or HCV (0.6% of all accidents). Cost per 1000 student-year was less than 2000 USD. Healthcare students are exposed to biological risks during their studies and a comprehensive program is feasible in a developing country. PMID:20140312

Fica C, Alberto; Jemenao P, M Irene; Ruiz R, Gloria; Larrondo L, Milton; Hurtado H, Carmen; Muñoz G, Gabriela; Sepulveda C, Cecilia

2010-02-03

200

Supporting Older Students' Reading  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

According to a 2010 report by ACT, "Only 31 percent of students are performing at a college-and-career reading level with respect to successfully understanding complex text" (p. 5). This statistic demonstrates what educators know: Middle and high school students face numerous challenges in reading, understanding, connecting to, and remembering…

Gutchewsky, Kim; Curran, Joanne

2012-01-01

201

Positive Social Support, Negative Social Exchanges, and Suicidal Behavior in College Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: Risk for suicide is often higher among college students, compared to same-age noncollegiate peers, and may be exacerbated by quality of social support and interactions. The authors examined the independent contributions of positive social support and negative social exchanges to suicide ideation and attempts in college students. Participants: Participants were 439 volunteer undergraduate students, who were primarily female (71%).

Jameson K. Hirsch; Alison L. Barton

2011-01-01

202

Adult undergraduate students: Evaluating the appropriateness of a traditional model of academic performance  

Microsoft Academic Search

Adult learners (age 25 or older) now comprise approximately 40 percent of under-graduate enrollment. However, predictive models\\u000a of undergraduate academic success are usually based on traditional young undergraduate students, presenting a problematic\\u000a picture for the adult undergraduate population. Past research indicates that many older adult learners enter higher education\\u000a from family backgrounds that tend to place them at an academic

Carol E. Kasworm; Gary R. Pike

1994-01-01

203

A longitudinal investigation of depressive symptoms in undergraduate students of pharmacy in Syria.  

PubMed

This prospective longitudinal study investigated depressive symptoms and its association with students' demographic, academic, and health factors in undergraduate students of pharmacy in Syria. Students attending any year (1st to 5th year) were assessed in the first semester (time 1) and in the second semester (time 2). An academic year comprises two semesters of 16 weeks each. Data for 450 students were analyzed at time 1, and 262 students were assessed at the two time points. Our results showed that most of the students experienced depressive symptoms, with a substantial percentage presenting moderate to severe levels of symptoms (35% or 450 students at time 1; 23% or 262 students at time 2). Across the two semesters, a significant decrease in depressive symptoms was observed for students with complete data at the two time points. Depressive symptoms at time 2 increased significantly with increasing depressive scores at time 1 and decreasing students' expectations about their academic performance. Our results support the clear need for dynamic, full-time, and accessible psychological services at the university to promote and assess mental health and to deliver psychological interventions to students at need. PMID:22551792

Gonçalves, Vânia; Zidan, Amani; Issa, Mona; Barah, Faraj

2012-05-01

204

Supporting Special Students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Many secondary science teachers feel overwhelmed by directives to adapt curriculum and instruction for students with special needs. So, how can science teachers juggle their familiar responsibilities as well as the new skills needed in today's diverse cla

Conn, Kathleen

2001-03-01

205

Undergraduate Students' Conceptions of Natural and Anthropogenic Climate Change  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Scientists and educators strive to improve climate literacy throughout society, whether through communication of research findings or though classroom teaching. Despite these efforts, climate change misconceptions exist in students and the general public. When educators present evidence that contradicts misconceptions, students may begin to struggle with their inaccurate ideas and perhaps transition towards a scientifically-accepted understanding. These transitions, called conceptual change, can occur in college climate change courses. The purpose of this presentation is to describe college students' ideas of natural and anthropogenic climate change and the way these ideas change throughout a climate change course. This presentation is based on five case studies of undergraduate students in a large lecture-hall course dedicated to climate change. Each case study student represents a different level of climate change understanding at the beginning of the semester. These case studies and subsequent cross-case analyses result from a qualitative research study using interviews, field notes, artifact analysis, coding and categorization, and research memos. The cases show shifts in all five students' ideas of natural and anthropogenic climate change. During the first month of class, the three lower achieving students expressed uncertainty about the increase in average global temperatures due to anthropogenic climate change. At the end of the semester, these students explained that warming from climate change is natural, yet the rate of this warming is increasing due to human activities. Two of the lower achieving students constructed definitions of climate change different than the definition used by the professor in the classroom. These students solidified the idea that the term "climate change" describes the change that results from natural forcings only, while the term "global warming" describes change in the climate that results from human-caused forcings. Their constructed definition removes human-causes from association with the word "climate change", which may influence their climate change understanding. Of the two higher achieving students, one emphasized anthropogenic climate change at the beginning of the semester, but later focused on natural climate change during his interviews. The other high achieving student included tangential environmental topics in her descriptions of climate change throughout the entire semester, thus conflating climate change's definition. These alternative definitions of climate change indicate that the learners constructed hybrid conceptions in order to incorporate class content with their prior ideas. These hybrid conceptions indicate that the students' understandings lie somewhere between misconceptions and conceptual change. Since the students demonstrated these hybrid conceptions at the end of class, perhaps more time is needed for the students to process the information. These case studies identify the gaps the professor should address for conceptual change to fully occur.

Trenbath, K. L.

2011-12-01

206

Professional Infrastructure for Supporting the Undergraduate Research Enterprise on Campus  

Microsoft Academic Search

Many academic institutions expect faculty to engage in collaborative research with undergraduates. To make productive research a reality, administrators must provide the necessary infrastructure and resources. A growing component of that infrastructure is the presence of professional staff to assist faculty in initiating, sustaining, and enhancing their undergraduate research programs. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) recently devoted an issue

Kerry K. Karukstis; Karl D. Sienerth; Frances Vinal Farnsworth

2005-01-01

207

The use of the Principle of Relativity in the interpretation of phenomena by undergraduate physics students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This research is based on the analysis of answers given by undergraduate physics students when confronted with situations related to the Special Theory of Relativity. Historical and epistemological studies indicate the importance of principles for the construction of physical theories. There is a consensual acknowledgement of the fundamental role played by the Principle of Relativity in the case of Special Relativity. The study investigated the extent to which that principle was employed by the students when dealing with a diversity of phenomena. The research data were obtained through clinical interviews and supported two main conclusions: (a) the Principle of Relativity is not used as a heuristic tool in the students' answers; (b) the situations presented were not regarded as 'problematic' by the students, who did not feel the need to use interpretative structures other than those of classical mechanics and common sense.

Pietrocola, Mauricio; Zylbersztajn, A.

2005-11-23

208

An Undergraduate Teacher Education Program For Engineering Students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This workshop presentation provides information about the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP) for the Division of Engineering and Department of Education at Brown University. This teaching preparation program is meant for students concentrating in the engineering ScB or AB programs. Graduates will be granted Rhode Island certification for teaching physics at the secondary (7-12) level. The program builds on the strong commitment of the engineering faculty students to the ongoing outreach programs in K-12 education. In this presentation the structure of the program, and its strengths and weaknesses are described. The mechanics of getting approval for the program from all constituents ranging from the engineering department to the university administration to the Rhode Island Department of Education are also explained.

Blume, Janet

2007-03-21

209

The effect of a nontraditional undergraduate science course on teacher and student performance in elementary science teaching  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study investigated the differential effects of experiences in nontraditional and traditional undergraduate science courses on the science teaching and learning of undergraduate education majors, elementary classroom teachers, and students. The ability for teachers to demonstrate knowledge through inquiry, critical analysis, and synthesis of the subject is clearly articulated as a requirement in the National Science Education Standards (National Research Council, 1996) and the National Accreditation of Teacher Education (2000). To meet this goal, science instruction in higher education requires reform to effectively prepare elementary undergraduate education majors in science content. The research study included a sample of 264 participants from a single university that represented undergraduate education majors, college science instructors, elementary classroom teachers, and elementary classroom students. Short term and long term learning outcomes of undergraduate education majors and classroom teachers were evaluated for the effect of experiences in a nontraditional college science course. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected through questionnaires, standardized tests, surveys, oral and written interviews, and observations of undergraduate and elementary science lessons. A triangulation of the data results revealed that modeling, active engagement, project-based activities, and cooperative learning positively affected undergraduate education majors' science teaching efficacy, science content mastery, and elementary teacher performance in science classroom instruction. Standardized test scores revealed higher achievement in science among elementary students of teachers experienced in a nontraditional science course than students of teachers experienced only in traditional learning environments. The results of this study support the call for reform in college science teaching. The standards based context in which science content was delivered resulted in the development of scientific literacy among education majors, elementary teachers, and students in elementary classrooms.

Staples, Kimberly Ardena

210

It's Not the Done Thing: Social Norms Governing Students' Passive Behaviour in Undergraduate Mathematics Lectures  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Students often play a passive role in large-scale lectures in undergraduate mathematics courses: they observe the lecturer demonstrate mathematical procedures, but they rarely engage in authentic mathematical activity themselves. This study uses semi-structured interviews of undergraduate students to investigate the implicit and explicit social…

Yoon, Caroline; Kensington-Miller, Barbara; Sneddon, Jamie; Bartholomew, Hannah

2011-01-01

211

Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding: Practicing Social Workers and Undergraduate Social Work Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study attempted to explore, through the use of surveys, what practicing social workers and undergraduate student social workers know about hippotherapy and therapuetic riding. In addition, this study made an effort to examine what the key means of learning participants had when it came to these alternative methods of therapy. The hypothesis that undergraduate social work students would collectively

Devin Smith

2010-01-01

212

Enhancing the learning experience of undergraduate technology students with LabVIEW  

Microsoft Academic Search

Many universities and colleges, throughout the world, that deliver undergraduate programmes in science and engineering are currently incorporating virtual instruments as teaching, measurement and analysis tools for student learning. The aim of this study is to enhance the learning experience of undergraduate engineering students and stimulate their research interests by incorporating hands-on, hardware linked programming. The framework for the current

Peter Tiernan

2010-01-01

213

Prevalence and Effects of Life Event Exposure among Undergraduate and Community College Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purposes of this study were to assess lifetime and recent exposure to various life events among undergraduate and community college students and to assess the relation between event exposure and a broad range of outcomes (i.e., mental and physical health, life satisfaction, grade point average). Undergraduate students from a midwestern…

Anders, Samantha L.; Frazier, Patricia A.; Shallcross, Sandra L.

2012-01-01

214

Why Undergraduates Students Choose Sport Management As A Major: Factors Influencing College Choice Decisions  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to explore and determine relevant college choice factors among undergraduate Sport Management students, along with collecting specific demographic information from the respondents. Since little was known about college choice factors for undergraduate Sport Management students, this study will be exploratory in nature, and will employ a non-experimental design. College choice has been a topic

Sarah Singleton Crockett

2005-01-01

215

Role of the Undergraduate Student Research Assistant in the New Millennium  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In this study, we analyze the contribution of the undergraduate student who participates in the process of generating scientific data and developing a research project using Brazilian research as an example. Historically, undergraduate students have performed the critical role of research assistants in developing countries. This aspect has been…

Silva, Thais Dutra Nascimento; da Cunha Aguiar, Lucia Cristina; Leta, Jaqueline; Santos, Dilvani Oliveira; Cardoso, Fernanda Serpa; Cabral, Lucio Mendes; Rodrigues, Carlos Rangel; Castro, Helena Carla

2004-01-01

216

An Examination of Alcohol and Other Drug Usage by Central Michigan University Undergraduate Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study was undertaken to obtain information on the alcohol consumption patterns of Central Michigan University undergraduates from the perspectives of the students themselves, residence hall staff, and academic faculty. Data were collected from 836 undergraduates, 113 residence hall staff members, and 96 faculty members. The student sample…

Rapaport, Ross J.

217

An Assessment of Academic Stress among Undergraduate Students: The Case of University of Botswana  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This research finding is based on the responses obtained from the undergraduate students at a higher learning institution (University) in Botswana. This paper investigated the stressors, symptoms and effects that are likely to be experienced by the undergraduate students in higher institutions (Universities). Stressors related to time, academic…

Agolla, Joseph E.; Ongori, Henry

2009-01-01

218

Perceptions of nursing undergraduate students concerning the human dimension in the learning process  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study aimed to identify and interpret the perceptions presented by undergraduate students of a Nursing course after internship in Mental Health. Twelve nursing undergraduate students at the Nursing School of ABC Foundation - Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil were interviewed. These interviews using a semi-structure script were performed and recorded in August 2004. Through Content Analysis, thematic modality, four

Simone de Oliveira Camillo; Ana Lúcia da Silva; Alan Jefferson do Nascimento

2007-01-01

219

Business Faculty and Undergraduate Students' Perceptions of Online Learning: A Comparative Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In this paper, the authors compare business faculty and undergraduate students' perceptions of online learning. Specifically, a survey was given to a convenience sample of 893 undergraduate students (of which 890 were usable) at two regional universities in the southern United States; a modified version of the survey was mailed to a random sample…

Tanner, John R.; Noser, Thomas C.; Totaro, Michael W.

2009-01-01

220

An Assessment of Academic Stress among Undergraduate Students: The Case of University of Botswana  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This research finding is based on the responses obtained from the undergraduate students at a higher learning institution (University) in Botswana. This paper investigated the stressors, symptoms and effects that are likely to be experienced by the undergraduate students in higher institutions (Universities). Stressors related to time, academic…

Agolla, Joseph E.; Ongori, Henry

2009-01-01

221

Library Use and Undergraduate Student Outcomes: New Evidence for Students' Retention and Academic Success  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Academic libraries, like other university departments, are being asked to demonstrate their value to the institution. This study discusses the impact library usage has on the retention and academic success of first-time, first-year undergraduate students at a large, public research university. Usage statistics were gathered at the University of…

Soria, Krista M.; Fransen, Jan; Nackerud, Shane

2013-01-01

222

Undergraduate Student Perceptions of the Use of Ultrasonography in the Study of ÃÂLiving AnatomyÃÂ  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article describes a study exploring student perceptions of the use of ultrasound to teach ÃÂliving anatomyÃÂ. The technique was used to teach different level students, undergraduate and graduate, medical and non medical. Methods and outcomes are discussed.

Jason Ivanusic (University of Melbourne Anatomy and Cell Biology); Michael Barrington (St. Vincent's Hospital Anesthesia)

2010-11-01

223

Development and Evaluation of a Series of CAL Modules on Cell Biology for Undergraduate Nursing Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Describes a project at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) that developed and evaluated modules for computer assisted instruction to teach cell biology to undergraduate nursing students. Topics include instructional effectiveness, feedback, and student attitudes. (LRW)|

Wharrad, Heather; Kent, Christine; Allcock, Nick; Wood, Barry

2000-01-01

224

Understanding Undergraduate Research Experiences from the Student Perspective: A Phenomenological Study of a Summer Student Research Program  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Undergraduate research programs are becoming more prevalent, but research on the processes and outcomes is limited and deals largely with perceptions of student learning gains. This paper adds to the literature by describing undergraduate research activities from the student perspective. A phenomenological approach was used to analyze journals…

Falconer, John; Holcomb, Dianne

2008-01-01

225

Visitor or Inhabitant? Addressing the Needs of Undergraduate Transnational Medical Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study was conducted to identify key issues for students in an undergraduate medical course with cross border delivery and the impact of these issues on the students' ability to learn. Data relating to the student experience and perceived student needs were collected from transnational students and teaching staff from Australia and Malaysia.…

Lindley, Jennifer; McCall, Louise; Abu-Arab, Adela

2013-01-01

226

Looking for seismic scatterers: summer research experience for undergraduate students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This project was part of collaboration between Randolph College (VA) and Georgia Institute of Technology (GA). It was designed as summer research experience for undergraduate students. The duration of the project was eight weeks. The aim of this study was to search for fault zone scatterers in the Parkfield section of the San Andreas Fault, and examine the presence or absence of physical changes in the scattering intensity before and after the 2004 M6 Parkfield earthquake. The two students visited Georgia Tech for a week and were trained to manipulate seismic data in Seismic Analysis Code (SAC) format. They assembled a data base of over a thousand events that occurred before and after the M6 earthquake and were recorded by the USGS Parkfield, California, dense seismograph array (UPSAR). They manually picked the arrivals for the P and S waves. Additional signal processing such as frequency filtering and semblance analysis were applied to the records in search for isolated scatterers in the seismic coda. While the eight-week-long research was not enough for the students to complete their project, it was certainly enough to sparkle excitement for conducting seismological research. Currently both students are enrolled in a research topics class and continue to work on this project. Their past and future work will be presented at the meeting.

Gerasimenko, I.; Bagchi, S.; Toteva, T.; Peng, Z.

2008-12-01

227

Interactions of Senior-Level Student Affairs Administrators with Parents of Traditional-Age Undergraduate Students: A Qualitative Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purpose of this research was to explore the interactions between senior-level student affairs administrators and the parents of traditional-age undergraduate students. Student development theory had little to say about a role for the parents of college students, yet senior-level student affairs administrators who participated in this study…

Winegard, Tanya

2010-01-01

228

Enhancing undergraduate students' chemistry understanding through project-based learning in an IT environment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Project-based learning (PBL), which is increasingly supported by information technologies (IT), contributes to fostering student-directed scientific inquiry of problems in a real-world setting. This study investigated the integration of PBL in an IT environment into three undergraduate chemistry courses, each including both experimental and control students. Students in the experimental group volunteered to carry out an individual IT-based project, whereas the control students solved only traditional problems. The project included constructing computerized molecular models, seeking information on scientific phenomena, and inquiring about chemistry theories. The effect of the PBL was examined both quantitatively and qualitatively. The quantitative analysis was based on a pretest, a posttest, and a final examination, which served for comparing the learning gains of the two research groups. For the qualitative analysis, we looked into the experimental students' performance, as reflected by the projects they had submitted. In addition, think alou interviews and observations helped us gain insight into the students' conceptual understanding of molecular structures. Students who participated in the IT-enhanced PBL performed significantly better than their control classmates not only on their posttest but also on their course final examination. Analyzing the qualitative findings, we concluded that the construction of computerized models and Web-based inquiry activities helped promote students' ability of mentally traversing the four levels of chemistry understanding: symbolic, macroscopic, microscopic, and process. More generally, our results indicated that incorporating IT-rich PBL into freshmen courses can enhance students' understanding of chemical concepts, theories, and molecular structures.

Barak, Miri; Dori, Yehudit Judy

2005-01-01

229

Preparing minority undergraduate students for successful science careers.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Xavier University of Louisiana is well known for being number one in graduating the most minority students in physical and biological sciences. The reason for this success is built on the concept of Standards with Sympathy in the Sciences (Triple S). This is an outgrowth of over twenty years of planning and development by the Xavier science faculty to devise a program for preparing and retaining students in the sciences and engineering. Xavier has been successfully conducting for over ten years, Summer Science Academy (SSA) for middle and high school students; Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholars and Howard Hughes Biomedical programs for in-coming freshmen. Recently, through a grant from NSF, we have developed the Experiential Problem-solving and Analytical Reasoning (EPsAR) summer bridge program for in-coming freshmen who were given conditional admission to the university (i.e., those students who scored below the acceptable range for placement into degree mathematics courses). In this program, EPsAR participants will be engaged in problem-solving and critical thinking activities for eight hours per day, five days per week, for six weeks. Additionally, an interdisciplinary approach is taken to convey the mathematical skills learned to relate to physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. Sixty-six students have participated in the last two years in the EPsAR program. During the first year 23 of 28 students successfully bi-passed the algebra review course and were placed into a degree credit course in mathematics. In the second year, thirty-one (31) of the 38 were advanced to a higher-level mathematics course. Twenty-three (23) out of 38 went on to degree credit math course. To retain students in the sciences peer tutoring in all the science disciplines are made available to students throughout the day for 5 days per week. Faculty and students are available to give guidance to the needed students. The University has established a Graduate Placement Office and a Center for Undergraduate Research to facilitate students' pursuit of gradate studies. The results of these efforts indicate a 40 percent graduation rate in four years and increased to 90 percent in six years in the natural sciences and 50 percent of these graduates pursue graduate/professional careers.

Akundi, Murty

2008-03-01

230

Science and Engineering Research Semester (SERS) for undergraduate students  

SciTech Connect

The Department of Energy (DOE), through the Science and Energy Research Semester (SERS), provides unique research opportunities for upper-level undergraduate students at six national laboratories, which have established Science Education Centers. At each Science Education Center, SERS participants have the opportunity to become involved in hands-on'' research working with scientific teams engaged in long-range investigations and using advanced facilities/equipment. SERS research opportunities are available in biomedicine, chemistry, materials science, engineering, physics, environmental science, geoscience, mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, energy systems, and waste technology. SERS participates follow a program with three basic elements: (1) participation in ongoing national energy-related research; (2) training and experience in the operation of sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment and instruments; and (3) seminars, workshops, and coursework designed to supplement the laboratory research experience.

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1990-12-01

231

[Comprehension of food label claims by university undergraduate students].  

PubMed

The purpose of this study was to determine whether claims made on food labels are well or poorly understood and whether the sex and the experience of consumers in buying food products influence their understanding of the various terms used in the food industry. A questionnaire was randomly distributed to 285 students registered in various undergraduate programs at the University of Ottawa. The average grade of all the respondents to the questionnaire was 53.6% which indicates a lack of understanding of the meanings of the various terms used in the food industry. The results also indicate that more frequent exposure to advertising by the food industry is apt to confuse the consumer. Finally, the respondents without experience in buying food products answered significantly better on three questions; in general, men without experience had significantly better results than women on some questions. PMID:8991755

Grenier, K; Grenier, J

232

Depression and type D personality among undergraduate medical students  

PubMed Central

Context: Academic pressure, though established, is an unavoidable cause of depression in medical students. Role of Type D personality as determinant of depression is a new approach to the problem. Aim: Determination of relationship between Type D personality and Depression among medical students. Setting and Design: Undergraduate students (both male and female, total 150) of Midnapore Medical College. Materials and Methods: Beck Depression Inventory for depression and DS 14 for type D personality. Statistical Analysis: The scores were expressed as mean + SD. The significance of difference between the scores was done by Fisher's 2 sample t test. Results and Conclusion: Prevalence rate of depression was 45.3%, which was mostly of mild type (34%). Type D personality was present in 70% cases of which 15.3% had only negative affectivity, 23.3% had only social inhibition and 31% had both the components. Both depression & Type D personality were present in 36% cases. Negative affectivity component was significantly associated with depression which could be therapeutically controlled.

Gupta, Soma; Basak, Prosenjit

2013-01-01

233

Curriculum modules, software laboratories, and an inexpensive hardware platform for teaching computational methods to undergraduate computer science students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Computational methods are increasingly important to 21st century research and education; bioinformatics and climate change are just two examples of this trend. In this context computer scientists play an important role, facilitating the development and use of the methods and tools used to support computationally-based approaches. The undergraduate curriculum in computer science is one place where computational tools and methods can be introduced to facilitate the development of appropriately prepared computer scientists. To facilitate the evolution of the pedagogy, this dissertation identifies, develops, and organizes curriculum materials, software laboratories, and the reference design for an inexpensive portable cluster computer, all of which are specifically designed to support the teaching of computational methods to undergraduate computer science students. Keywords. computational science, computational thinking, computer science, undergraduate curriculum.

Peck, Charles Franklin

234

Peer-mentoring undergraduate accounting students: The influence on approaches to learning and academic performance  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article considers the impact of a student peer-mentoring programme (the Mentor Accountant Project, MAP) on first-year undergraduates’ academic performance. The development of MAP was informed by reference to extant literature; it relies on the voluntary services of third-year students who then act as mentors to first-year student mentees in an undergraduate degree programme. The impact of MAP in two

Alison Fox; Lorna Stevenson; Patricia Connelly; Angus Duff; Angela Dunlop

2010-01-01

235

Learning about environmental issues : Postgraduate and undergraduate students' interpretations of environmental contents in education  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – To present results from a research project on postgraduate and undergraduate students' learning about environmental issues in education. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – Three cases were carried out with civil engineering students, biology students and postgraduate students. Discussions in classroom were tape-recorded, as well as discussions while working with assignments, and interviews were carried out. Findings – Shows how differently environmental

Cecilia Lundholm

2005-01-01

236

"High-Jinks" and "Minor Mischief": A Study of Undergraduate Students as Perpetrators of Crime  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Although there is a growing interest in the victimisation of university students, the issue of student offending has been largely overlooked in the criminology and education literatures. Based on a self-report study of 1215 undergraduate students at UK higher education institutions, this article explores the level and nature of student

Selwyn, Neil

2008-01-01

237

Undergraduate faculty members' perception of their role in increasing student success and retention  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study examined the relationship between faculty perception of their role in increasing student retention and actual interaction with students at Tennessee State University. The primary purpose of this study was to determine if undergraduate faculty perception of their role in increasing student success and retention is related to their actual level of interaction with students outside of the regular

David S Hood

2005-01-01

238

Black Boundary Lines: Race, Class and Gender among Black Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Intra-group differences among Black undergraduate students remain understudied. To gain a more nuanced understanding of Black student life, we must examine how other social locations, like gender and class, connect to the racialized experiences of Black students. This dissertation argues that for Black students, class and gender, along with race,…

Morales, Erica Marie

2012-01-01

239

‘High?jinks’ and ‘minor mischief’: a study of undergraduate students as perpetrators of crime  

Microsoft Academic Search

Although there is a growing interest in the victimisation of university students, the issue of student offending has been largely overlooked in the criminology and education literatures. Based on a self?report study of 1215 undergraduate students at UK higher education institutions, this article explores the level and nature of student perpetration of criminal acts whilst at university, as well as

Neil Selwyn

2008-01-01

240

Redesign of a Required Undergraduate Pharmacy Management Course to Improve Student Engagement and Concept Retention  

PubMed Central

Objective. To change the structure of a required pharmacy management course to make it more interactive and engaging for students. Design. The course is a required component of undergraduate curriculum and is completed over 2 semesters during the students’ third year. Changes included requiring students to lead classroom discussions and complete a business plan in groups. Assessment. A questionnaire centering on methods of delivery, course content, and outcomes was distributed in 2 academic years, with 74.7% of students responding. Even though the redesigned course required more time, there was strong support for the course among students because they realized the content contributed to their learning. Conclusion. A major course redesign is a big commitment by faculty members, but if done through consultations with former and current students, it can be rewarding for all involved. Students overwhelmingly embraced the changes to the course as they realized the restructuring and the resulting increase in workload were necessary to raise the relevance of the course to their future professional practice.

2012-01-01

241

Exploring Non-Traditional Adult Undergraduate Student Persistence and Non-Persistence in Higher Education: A Stress and Coping Model Approach  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study explores persistence and non-persistence among adult undergraduate students with particular focus on these students' lives, their stressors, their coping resources including academic supports, and their styles of coping. The study approaches the issue of non-persistence not as a personal failure but rather as a consequence of multiple…

Maroney, Barbara R.

2010-01-01

242

Igbo Students' Attitudes toward Supporting Aged Parents.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Examined attitudes of Nigerian college students (N=134) toward caring for aged parents. Students supported caring for aged parents; male students, however, were less supportive than were female students. Older students were less willing to care for their aged parents than were younger students. (Author/NB)|

Ohuche, Nancy M.; Littrell, John M.

1989-01-01

243

Purification and Characterization of Taq Polymerase: A 9-Week Biochemistry Laboratory Project for Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|We have developed a 9-week undergraduate laboratory series focused on the purification and characterization of "Thermus aquaticus" DNA polymerase (Taq). Our aim was to provide undergraduate biochemistry students with a full-semester continuing project simulating a research-like experience, while having each week's procedure focus on a single…

Bellin, Robert M.; Bruno, Mary K.; Farrow, Melissa A.

2010-01-01

244

Materials science undergraduate course laboratory in which students perform original research  

Microsoft Academic Search

A materials science course laboratory, in which undergraduate students perform original experimental research studies of properties of materials which evidently have not been studied elsewhere, has been implemented at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the College of Engineering. It is suggested that a materials science course laboratory is a uniquely well-suited place in an undergraduate curriculum for allowing

Frederick Milstein; Paul W. Smith

1975-01-01

245

Emerging Adults' Perceptions of Learning in an Undergraduate Student Organization for Global Social Justice  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Current literature suggests the institution of higher education is exploring its identity and role in society, much like the emerging adults who enroll in their programs as traditional aged undergraduates. Literature also reveals that society is asking undergraduate institutions to meet the diverse needs of its students and prepare them for…

Kean, Patricia Marie

2010-01-01

246

Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research Activities: Are Research Universities Doing a Better Job?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Engaging undergraduate students in research activities has been advocated as an innovative strategy to improve American higher education (Boyer Commission, "Reinventing undergraduate education: A blueprint for America's research universities." The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Stony Brook, NY, 1998). This study compared the…

Hu, Shouping; Kuh, George D.; Gayles, Joy Gaston

2007-01-01

247

The Annotated Bibliography and Citation Behavior: Enhancing Student Scholarship in an Undergraduate Biology Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Contemporary undergraduates in the biological sciences have unprecedented access to scientific information. Although many of these students may be savvy technologists, studies from the field of library and information science consistently show that undergraduates often struggle to locate, evaluate, and use high-quality, reputable sources of…

Flaspohler, Molly R.; Rux, Erika M.; Flaspohler, John A.

2007-01-01

248

Does Undergraduate Student Research Constitute Scholarship? Drawing on the Experiences of One Medical Faculty  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

While undergraduate research has been part of the learning culture in some disciplines for many years, it is only more recently that it is being included into mainstream medical curricula. Undergraduate medical students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, have several opportunities to undertake research…

McLean, Michelle; Howarth, F. Christopher

2008-01-01

249

Counseling Brazilian Undergraduate Students: 17 Years of a Campus Mental Health Service  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Objective: The authors reviewed demographic and clinical characteristics of undergraduates at a Brazilian public university (UNICAMP) who visited the campus mental health service (SAPPE) and compared their demographics with those from all undergraduate students enrolled in the university. Participants: The authors looked at data from all…

de Oliveira, Maria Lilian Coelho; de Rosalmeida Dantas, Clarissa; de Azevedo, Renata Cruz Soares; Banzato, Claudio Eduardo Muller

2008-01-01

250

Demand for Interdisciplinary Laboratories for Physiology Research by Undergraduate Students in Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Physiology as a discipline is uniquely positioned to engage undergraduate students in interdisciplinary research in response to the 2006-2011 National Science Foundation Strategic Plan call for innovative transformational research, which emphasizes multidisciplinary projects. To prepare undergraduates for careers that cross disciplinary…

Clase, Kari L.; Hein, Patrick W.; Pelaez, Nancy J.

2008-01-01

251

Self-esteem, social support, collectivism, and the thin-ideal in Latina undergraduates  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thin-ideal internalization (TII) reflects agreement that thinness equates with beauty. TII is a risk factor for body dissatisfaction and eating pathology; this phenomenon and its correlates, however, are just beginning to be studied in Latina undergraduates. This study examined the ability of self-esteem, social support, and collectivism to predict TII in 279 Latina undergraduates. It was hypothesized that higher levels

Elizabeth D. Cordero

2011-01-01

252

Student Academic Support: A Validity Test  

Microsoft Academic Search

Given the significant support system changes that students often experience at the university level, college students often view fellow students as their primary source of academic support. This study offers validity evidence for the Student Academic Support Scale (SASS), a 15-item, multidimensional measure that assesses informational, esteem, motivational, and venting support. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) of the SASS revealed close

Joseph P. Mazer; Blair Thompson

2011-01-01

253

Native American undergraduate students' persistence intentions: a psychosociocultural perspective.  

PubMed

Attending to persistence intentions among Native American students enrolled in institutions of higher education is critical, given low retention rates. The purpose of the study was twofold: (a) we developed and examined the psychometric properties of a new measure, the Native American Collective Pursuits of Education (NACOPE), and (b) we explored persistence attitudes among 156 Native American students using Gloria and Rodriguez's (2000) psychosociocultural framework. Pilot data and exploratory analysis supported the psychometric properties of the NACOPE and its use to understand educational experiences for Native American students. Results also supported the prediction of culturally relevant noncognitive variables to persistence intentions. Limitations, directions for future research, and implications for higher education are discussed. PMID:23647332

Thompson, Mindi N; Johnson-Jennings, Michelle; Nitzarim, Rachel S

2013-04-01

254

What Can a Student Teacher Learn from Undergraduate Research?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|A disconnect exists between teaching and research; and it has become easy, if not automatic, for K-12 teachers to be enthusiastic about teaching and less supportive of research. As a student teacher, the first author found herself adopting the stereotype that research is associated with the sciences and is less pertinent to K-12 education. She…

Klingel, Abbey; Erbes, Stella

2012-01-01

255

A 20-Year Study of Undergraduate Astronomy Students' Beliefs and Knowledge in Science and Technology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This poster presents data from a 20-year study into the science literacy of undergraduates enrolled in introductory astronomy courses. Responses from almost 10,000 undergraduate students from 1989 to 2009 have been analyzed. We present students' responses to both science literacy and belief questions by year and demographic variables, as well as trends in open-ended responses. Analysis revealed that demographic variables accounted for only 7% of the variance in students' science literacy scores. The strongest predictor of a student's overall science literacy score was how many science courses they had completed, yet this only accounted for 4% of the variance, as did students' beliefs regarding science and technology issues.

Buxner, S. R.; Antonellis, J.; Impey, C. D.

2011-09-01

256

Physiology, The Science of Life - A Lower Undergraduate Outreach Presentation (Self-Guided Student Version)  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This presentation version includes slides and text so students can independently learn about Physiology. This presentation is specifically designed for lower level undergraduate (first 2 years) students. For these students, the goal of this presentation is to introduce physiology as a scientific discipline, briefly describe what it is and why itÃÂs important, and personalize physiology by describing some physiologists and what they do. The presentation encourages the early undergraduate students to choose a career in physiology and graduate school. Students also are encouraged to explore physiology further through the APS website resources.

2010-12-01

257

Physiology, The Science of Life - An Upper Undergraduate Outreach Presentation (Self-Guided Student Version)  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This presentation version includes slides and text so students can independently learn about Physiology. This presentation is specifically designed for upper level undergraduate (3rd and 4th years) students. For these students, the goal of this presentation is to introduce physiology as a scientific discipline, briefly describe what it is and why itÃÂs important, and personalize physiology by describing some physiologists and what they do. The presentation encourages undergraduate students to choose a career in physiology and graduate school. Students also are encouraged to explore physiology further through the APS website resources.

2010-12-01

258

Oxidation of Secondary Alcohols by Duckweed: A Biotransformation Experiment for Undergraduate Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Describes an experiment designed to use the ability of duckweed to convert the secondary hydroxyl moieties into ketone groups. Discusses the preparation of plant material, materials, procedures, and results for this biotransformation experiment for undergraduate students. (CW)|

Karfarski, Pawel; And Others

1988-01-01

259

Teaching High-School and Undergraduate Students to Download, Understand and Use Satellite Images  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This course is offered mainly for undergraduate students, however, the program can serve as a base in secondary schools or for self-education purposes. Our paper summarizes the course focusing on new ideas and features of satellite imagery.

Bartholy, J.; Pongracz, R.

2001-03-01

260

A Qualitative Investigation of Undergraduate Chemistry Students' Macroscopic Interpretations of the Submicroscopic Structure of Molecules.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reports research that investigates the encoding that students use to develop molecular models at the undergraduate level. Focuses on the translation between symbolic and subatomic representations of molecules. (Contains 31 references.) (DDR)

Nicoll, Gayle

2003-01-01

261

Cross-Disciplinary Thermoregulation and Sweat Analysis Laboratory Experiences for Undergraduate Chemistry and Exercise Science Students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article describes a qualitative evaluation of Cross-Disciplinary health sciences undergraduate laboratory experiences in which concepts and students from two distinct disciplines (chemistry and exercise physiology) combined to study exercise thermoregulation and sweat analysis.

2011-06-01

262

Project INSPIRE-HBCU Undergraduate Collaborative Summer Training Program to Inspire Students in Prostate Cancer Research.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The overall goal of Project INSPIRE is to provide continuum of opportunities including didactic and meaningful research experience and training in basic, biomedical, clinical and/or population sciences research for promising undergraduate students enrolle...

N. Kumar

2007-01-01

263

Peer learning and support of technology in an undergraduate biology course to enhance deep learning.  

PubMed

This study offers an innovative and sustainable instructional model for an introductory undergraduate course. The model was gradually implemented during 3 yr in a research university in a large-lecture biology course that enrolled biology majors and nonmajors. It gives priority to sources not used enough to enhance active learning in higher education: technology and the students themselves. Most of the lectures were replaced with continuous individual learning and 1-mo group learning of one topic, both supported by an interactive online tutorial. Assessment included open-ended complex questions requiring higher-order thinking skills that were added to the traditional multiple-choice (MC) exam. Analysis of students' outcomes indicates no significant difference among the three intervention versions in the MC questions of the exam, while students who took part in active-learning groups at the advanced version of the model had significantly higher scores in the more demanding open-ended questions compared with their counterparts. We believe that social-constructivist learning of one topic during 1 mo has significantly contributed to student deep learning across topics. It developed a biological discourse, which is more typical to advanced stages of learning biology, and changed the image of instructors from "knowledge transmitters" to "role model scientists." PMID:23222836

Tsaushu, Masha; Tal, Tali; Sagy, Ornit; Kali, Yael; Gepstein, Shimon; Zilberstein, Dan

2012-01-01

264

Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project: Engaging High School and Undergraduate Students in Watershed Research  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project engages a diverse group of undergraduates, high school students, and their teachers in hands-on water quality research and exposes them to the process of science. The project aims to (1) recruit students to science careers and (2) create a water quality database comprised of high-quality data collected by undergraduates and high school groups. The project

E. Ray; D. McCabe; S. Sheldon; K. Jankowski; L. Haselton; M. Luck; J. van Houten

2009-01-01

265

A Study of the Relationship Between Protective Behaviors and Drinking Consequences Among Undergraduate College Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The authors identified the number, type, and frequency of protective behaviors that undergraduate college students who consume alcohol use to prevent alcohol-related consequences. Their hypothesis was that students who engage in more types of protective behaviors with greater frequency would be less likely to experience alcohol-related consequences. Participants consisted of a randomly selected sample of 1,355 undergraduates aged 18 years

Jorge Delva; Michael P Smith; Richard L Howell; Dianne F Harrison; Dina Wilke; D Lynn Jackson

2004-01-01

266

Development and Pilot Evaluation of a Cancer-Focused Summer Research Education Program Navajo Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper describes the development and pilot testing of a 10-week cancer research education program for Navajo undergraduate\\u000a students. The program was piloted at Diné College with 22 undergraduates (7 men, 15 women) in 2007 and 2008. Students completed\\u000a a pre–post program survey assessing attitudes, opinions, and knowledge about research and about cancer. The program was found\\u000a to be culturally

Edward R. Garrison; Mark C. Bauer; Brenda L. Hosley; Christi A. Patten; Christine A. Hughes; Mary A. Trapp; Wesley O. Petersen; Martha A. Austin-Garrison; Clarissa N. Bowman; Robert A. Vierkant

2010-01-01

267

Academic motivation and self-regulation: A comparative analysis of undergraduate and graduate students learning online  

Microsoft Academic Search

To succeed in autonomous online learning environments, it helps to be a highly motivated, self-regulated learner. The present study explored potential differences between undergraduate (n=87) and graduate students (n=107) in their levels of academic motivation and self-regulation while learning online. In particular, this study provides a comparative analysis of undergraduate and graduate students' motivational beliefs (task value and self-efficacy), use

Anthony R. Artino Jr.; Jason M. Stephens

2009-01-01

268

Opinions about Anti-Tobacco Marketing Strategies from the Undergraduate Student Perspective  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this project was to assess undergraduate college students’ opinions of anti-tobacco marketing strategies. The college environment offers an excellent setting for implementation of smoking abstinence interventions for young adults. Freshmen students at Valparaiso University were invited to join group sessions in the residence halls to evaluate anti-tobacco YouTube videos, print materials, and Quit Kit materials. Undergraduate nursing

Kara Jachcinski; Meranda Block; Caitlin Berry; Lauren Paczkowski; Emily Bernhard; Nathan Matejczyk

2011-01-01

269

The Lifestyle Behaviours and Exercise Beliefs of Undergraduate Student Nurses: A Descriptive Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Purpose: Only limited published research is available exploring the lifestyle practices of student nurses. The purpose of this paper is to explore the lifestyle behaviours and exercise beliefs of Irish student nurses. Design/methodology/approach: A descriptive survey design was used. First-year and third-year undergraduate student nurses (n=182)…

Burke, Eimear; McCarthy, Bernard

2011-01-01

270

The Experiences of Gay Male Undergraduate Students at a Traditional Women's College  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study examined the experiences of gay male undergraduate students enrolled at a traditional women's college using the framework of queer theory. Using data collected from student interviews, journals, and document analysis, the findings offer insight into how institutional space as well as peer culture impact identity. The students reported…

Holland, Christopher; Holley, Karri

2011-01-01

271

Student Conceptions of Eutrophication in a Field-Based Undergraduate Course  

Microsoft Academic Search

Little research regarding student conceptions of complex environmental systems and biogeochemical cycles has been published. We investigate the nature of student ideas about such systems and cycles in a newly developed a field course for upper level undergraduate Geoscience and Environmental Studies majors in which students engage in problem-based learning and work collaboratively to investigate a real-world environmental system -

K. L. Rowbotham; H. L. Petcovic; C. M. Koretsky

2010-01-01

272

THE NATURE OF SCAFFOLDING IN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS' TRANSITION TO MATHEMATICAL PROOF  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper explores the role of instructional scaffolding in the development of undergraduate students' understanding of mathematical proof during a one-year discrete mathematics course. We describe here the framework adapted for the analysis of whole- class discussion and examine how the teacher scaffolded students' thinking. Results suggest that students who engage in whole-class discussions that include metacognitive acts as well

Maria L. Blanton; Despina A. Stylianou

273

An Evaluation of a Pilot Service?Learning Course for Criminal Justice Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article focuses on a pilot service?learning program implemented with undergraduate students enrolled in a juvenile delinquency course. An evaluation of the service?learning program on students’ attitudes toward diversity, interpersonal skills, personal and intellectual development, and citizenship behavior using qualitative analysis is presented. The results indicate that the majority of students came to view the youth in a positive light,

Michael W. Markowitz

2006-01-01

274

Undergraduate Mathematics Students' Attitudes towards Online Mathematics Education and Achievement in a Hybrid Calculus Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study explored undergraduate mathematics students' attitudes towards online mathematics education as well as differences in achievement of students who participated in a hybrid course when compared with those in a traditional course. Finally, attitudes of students who participated in the hybrid course were examined. The first part of this…

Caputo, Matthew George

2010-01-01

275

Sources of Mentoring Selected by Undergraduate Students at Michigan State University.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study was designed to determine the sources that undergraduate students use to fulfill mentoring needs and to assess whether gender, race, parental education, parental income, or student college level impact the selection and use of mentors. The research was conducted via surveys mailed to 699 students (546 on-campus and 153 off-campus) at…

Awbrey, Susan M.

276

Definitions of and Beliefs About Wife Abuse Among Undergraduate Students of Social Work  

Microsoft Academic Search

The article focuses on definitions of and beliefs about wife abuse among undergraduate social work students in Israel. Data were collected through self-administered questionnaires. The vast majority of students in Study 1 acknowledged acts thought to constitute wife assault and disapproved of a husband's use of force against his wife. The majority of students in Study 2 did not justify

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia; Miriam Schiff

2007-01-01

277

Experiences from Cross-Institutional Exchanges of Undergraduate Business Student Written Cases  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes an undergraduate course assignment that required 134 students in 52 student teams from three universities, two in the United States and one in the Czech Republic, to write, exchange, and give constructive feedback on a student-written strategic management or international business case and its accompanying teaching note. The…

Ross, Douglas N.; Zufan, Pavel; Rosenbloom, Al

2008-01-01

278

E-Learning versus Traditional Learning as Perceived by Undergraduate Students in Jordanian Universities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The main purpose of this study is to define the perception of e-learning and traditional learning among undergraduate students in Jordanian universities. The results of the study indicated that e-learning had significantly higher scores for perceived value among students than traditional learning. The perception of e-learning among male students

Al-Omari, Aieman A.; Salameh, Kayed M.

2012-01-01

279

University Undergraduate Students' Information Seeking Behaviour: Implications for Quality in Higher Education in Africa  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The major purpose of the study was to examine the information seeking behaviour of undergraduate students in the University of Botswana. Specifically, the study made effort to determine the sources consulted and the general pattern of information gathering system by the students: the impact of students' gender, level of study and course of study…

Ajiboye, Josiah O.; Tella, Adeyinka

2007-01-01

280

Can a Tablet Device Alter Undergraduate Science Students' Study Behavior and Use of Technology?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article reports findings from a study investigating undergraduate biological sciences students' use of technology and computer devices for learning and the effect of providing students with a tablet device. A controlled study was conducted to collect quantitative and qualitative data on the impact of a tablet device on students' use of…

Morris, Neil P.; Ramsay, Luke; Chauhan, Vikesh

2012-01-01

281

An Exploration of Potential Factors Affecting Persistence to Degree Completion in Undergraduate Music Teacher Education Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to examine the withdrawal rates and patterns of undergraduate Music Education majors, with a specific focus on the individual experiences of students withdrawing from the major. In examining these experiences, the potential for identification of possible commonalities among withdrawn students was explored. The overall subject population (N = 1103) consisted of students enrolled in

Russell Bonner Gavin

2010-01-01

282

Improving Student Discussions in Graduate and Undergraduate Courses: Transforming the Discussion Leader  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Student discussions are a common teaching approach in graduate and advanced undergraduate courses because of their benefits to student learning, and to future professional development for natural resources professionals. However, traditional student-led discussions often are ineffective at meeting course and learning objectives and suffer from…

Soranno, Patricia A.

2010-01-01

283

The Quantitative Effect of Students Using Podcasts in a First Year Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Module  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study reports the quantitative effect of students using podcasts in a 1st year undergraduate exercise physiology module. From a cohort of 70 students, 50 volunteered and completed the study. Using a pre-post random allocation research design, students were allocated to either a podcast group (PG) or control group (CG) based on a 32-question…

Abt, Grant; Barry, Tim

2007-01-01

284

The C-MORE Scholars Program: Engaging minority students in STEM through undergraduate research  

Microsoft Academic Search

There have been several studies that show how undergraduate research experiences (REU) have a positive impact on a student's academic studies and career path, including being a positive influence toward improving the student's lab skills and ability to work independently. Moreover, minority students appear to relate to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts better when they are linked with

B. A. Gibson; B. C. Bruno

2010-01-01

285

Peer-Mentoring Undergraduate Accounting Students: The Influence on Approaches to Learning and Academic Performance  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article considers the impact of a student peer-mentoring programme (the Mentor Accountant Project, MAP) on first-year undergraduates' academic performance. The development of MAP was informed by reference to extant literature; it relies on the voluntary services of third-year students who then act as mentors to first-year student mentees in…

Fox, Alison; Stevenson, Lorna; Connelly, Patricia; Duff, Angus; Dunlop, Angela

2010-01-01

286

Teaching Polymer Science to Third-Year Undergraduate Chemistry Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

It is the exception rather than the rule that polymer chemistry is offered as a specific unit in undergraduate chemistry degree courses. At Curtin University of Technology, a dedicated unit in polymer science forms an integral part of the undergraduate Applied Chemistry degree course. It has been necessary to reduce some of the more traditional academic topics to accommodate the

Alan Jefferson; David N. Phillips

1999-01-01

287

Predictors of phoneme and stress perception in undergraduate students of singing.  

PubMed

The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the relationship between undergraduate vocal music majors' diction acquisition abilities for singing in a nonnative language (as rated both by themselves and by their studio voice teachers) and their scores on an objective test of phonemic and stress perception. Ten students with varying levels of university voice training served as participants. The results showed significant negative correlations between each of the teachers' four ratings and the students' scores on the phonemic awareness subtest. In addition, 20% of the students demonstrated evidence of underdeveloped phonemic awareness skills, as indicated by their below average test performance. Considerable individual differences were also observed in the students' abilities to track phonemes within a sequence of phonemes, count and track syllables within a sequence of syllables, and track combinations of phoneme and syllable changes in sequence, as evidenced by subtest performance scores. These findings corroborate existing reports which indicate that approximately 30% of the population does not fully develop phonemic awareness skills in the absence of special training. The findings support the utility of this objective test of phonemic and stress perception as a means of identifying students who will have difficulty with diction acquisition, and point to possibilities for pretraining to improve their response to diction instruction. PMID:18395420

Abbott, Susan E; Lauter, Judith L; Dalton, Deborah A

2008-04-18

288

The Use of Animation in Higher Education Teaching to Support Students with Dyslexia  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: The purpose of the research reported in this paper was to examine the potential usefulness of animated learning materials for supporting students with dyslexia in a UK higher education setting. Design/methodology/approach: An experiment was conducted with a set of 13 undergraduate computing students with dyslexia and a control group of 13…

Taylor, M.; Duffy, S.; Hughes, G.

2007-01-01

289

Undergraduate Recruitment: A Model Strategic Plan for Undergraduate Recruitment of Students for Engineering Technology Departments  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Flat or declining enrollment in Engineering and Engineering Technology (ET) Departments calls for the development and implementation of a Strategic Recruitment Plan. This model plan outlines some of the strategic actions that can be utilized to initiate sustainable recruitment and retention processes. The plan is intended to begin a process to ensure that qualified prospective students continue to select a university's ET Department in numbers sufficient to allow the department to support and serve the stated missions of the department, the college, the university, and the constituencies they serve.

Jenkins, Thomas W.

2012-02-03

290

A survey and analysis of student academic support programs in medical schools focus: underrepresented minority students.  

PubMed

This article describes an investigation that compiled information regarding academic support for medical students at 120 US medical schools. Specifically, the purpose of the study was to identify programs for underrepresented minority medical students and to review prospective applicant materials for photographic evidence that underrepresented minorities are involved in medical education. Eighty-three responses were returned and analyzed. Academic support services described most frequently were prematriculation, tutoring, and counseling and advising. Forty-one of the 83 schools indicated they offer prematriculation programs, 28 of which were required of under-represented minority freshmen entrants. Fifteen described offerings for undergraduate students and six for both undergraduate and secondary school students. Materials from the University of Iowa, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Stanford University revealed a variety of services and the largest numbers of photographs of under-represented minorities. These institutions are also among the leaders in underrepresented minority enrollment. Effective communication of academic support and minority presence appear to be contributory factors in enhancing diversity in medical education. Further investigation of academic support, evaluation of support services by participants, and dialogue about effective components of quality academic support are logical next steps to achieve the Association of American Medical College's goal of 3000 by 2000. PMID:8046766

Shields, P H

1994-05-01

291

The Role of Family Values and Percived Social Support in Stress Appraisal among Black and White College Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Relationships between family values, perceived family social support, and stress appraisal among Black and White College students were examined in this study. A total of 200 male and female undergraduate students complete a demographic\\/background questionnaire, a culturally oriented measure of family values (Family Allocentrism Scale), a perceived family social support measure (Social Supportive Behavior Scale), a perceived stress measure (Perceived

Taiye N. Nelson

2004-01-01

292

Undergraduate Social Support and Career Networking as a Result of Membership in the University of Arizona Astronomy Club  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Membership in formal or informal groups of students with similar interests provides many benefits to undergraduate astronomy majors at the University of Arizona. First and foremost, members benefit from peer social and academic support within the major. These benefits are both tangible and intangible: students form friendships with like-minded peers, which can sustain them through difficult periods of study, but these social networks are the basis of later professional networks as well. Students in the U of A Astronomy Club have received both informal and formal research positions at other institutions as a direct result of the support, peer mentoring, and connections of club members, and at least six also hold paid, non-research positions within the department as a result of their connection to the club. Finally, most Astronomy Club members take their first steps into professional astronomy, such as attendance at a AAS Meeting, as a result of Club membership and the encouragement of older club members.

Towner, Allison P.; Hardegree-Ullman, K.; Walker-LaFollette, A.; McGraw, A. M.; Robertson, A.; Smith, C.; Biddle, L. I.; Turner, J.

2013-06-01

293

Undergraduate Mentoring Program Targets Hard-to-Find Students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This Eye on Education column, published in BioScience, will inform those interested in learning about the National Science Foundation's Undergraduate Mentoring Training Program and speaks of it's successes and challenges.

Cathy Lundmark (American Institute of Biological Sciences;)

2004-01-01

294

Student Satisfaction with Undergraduate Teaching in China--A Comparison between Research-Intensive and Other Universities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This paper presents the findings of a national survey of student satisfaction with undergraduate teaching in a sample of universities and colleges in China. The results show that while a high proportion of academic staff participates in undergraduate teaching, levels of student satisfaction are low. The lowest levels of student satisfaction are…

Zhang, Hongshia; Foskett, Nick; Wang, Dianmin; Qu, Mingfeng

2011-01-01

295

Design of Competitive Intelligence Consciousness and Skill Cultivating Platform for Undergraduate Students Based on SOA and MVC  

Microsoft Academic Search

In order to propel project-driven Competitive Intelligence of teaching model better, study convenient for undergraduate students, promote study efficiency and enhance communication between teachers and students, we create a competitive intelligence consciousness an skill cultivating platform for undergraduate students based on SOA and MVC. In this paper, the platform function is described and system structure and the main implementation process

Suyin Dong; Min Huang; Ying Liu; Jingyang Wang; Xiaohong Wang

2010-01-01

296

‘Tristan chords and random scores’: exploring undergraduate students' experiences of music in higher education through the lens of Bourdieu  

Microsoft Academic Search

Within a theoretical framework drawn from Bourdieu, this article explores the relationship between undergraduate students' experiences of music in higher education and their musical backgrounds and prior music education experiences. More critically, this study aims to discover whether ideologies surrounding musical value impact on the student experience in higher education. A survey of undergraduate students of music (N=60) at a

Gwen Moore

2012-01-01

297

Continuous and noninvasive recording of cardiovascular parameters with the Finapres finger cuff enhances undergraduate student understanding of physiology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article describes a study providing evidence that using the Finapres system improves undergraduate student engagement, understanding, and learning of how the cardiovascular system responds to exercise.

Yvonne Hodgson (Monash University); Julia Choate (Monash University)

2012-03-01

298

Individual Moral Philosophies and Ethical Decision Making of Undergraduate Athletic Training Students and Educators  

PubMed Central

Context: Ethics research in athletic training is lacking. Teaching students technical skills is important, but teaching them how to reason and to behave in a manner that befits responsible health care professionals is equally important. Objective: To expand ethics research in athletic training by (1) describing undergraduate athletic training students' and educators' individual moral philosophies and ethical decision-making abilities and (2) investigating the effects of sex and level of education on mean composite individual moral philosophies and ethical decision-making scores. Design: Stratified, multistage, cluster-sample correlational study. Setting: Mailed survey instruments were distributed in classroom settings at 30 institutions having Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)–accredited athletic training programs. Patients or Other Participants: Undergraduate students and educators (n = 598: 373 women, 225 men; mean age = 23.5 ± 6.3 years) from 25 CAAHEP-accredited athletic training programs. Main Outcome Measure(s): We used the Ethics Position Questionnaire and the Dilemmas in Athletic Training Questionnaire to compute participants' mean composite individual moral philosophies (idealism and relativism) and ethical decision-making scores, respectively. Three separate 2 (sex: male, female) × 3 (education level: underclass, upper class, educator) between-subjects factorial analyses of variance using idealism, relativism, and ethical decision-making scores as dependent measures were performed. Results: Respondents reported higher idealism scores (37.57 ± 4.91) than relativism scores (31.70 ± 4.80) (response rate = 83%). The mean ethical decision-making score for all respondents was 80.76 ± 7.88. No significant interactions were revealed. The main effect for sex illustrated that men reported significantly higher relativism scores ( P = .0014, ? 2 = .015) than did women. The main effect for education level revealed significant differences between students' and educators' idealism ( P = .0190, ? 2 = .013), relativism ( P < .001, ? 2 = .050), and ethical decision-making scores ( P < .001, ? 2 = .027). Tukey honestly significant difference post hoc analysis indicated that educators possessed lower idealism scores (36.90 ± 5.70) and relativism scores (29.92 ± 4.86) and higher ethical decision-making scores (82.98 ± 7.62) than did students. Conclusions: Our findings do not support changes in athletic training ethics education practices to address sex-specific needs. However, when opportunities occur for students to reason using different ethical perspectives, educators should be aware of their students' and their own moral philosophies in order to optimally facilitate professional growth.

Caswell, Shane V; Gould, Trenton E

2008-01-01

299

Designing Undergraduate Research Experiences for Non-Traditional Student Learning at Sea  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The primary goal of the experiential learning model that forms the basis of the environmental science curriculum at UWT is to enhance undergraduate education by involving students in ongoing relevant research projects that extend beyond the classroom into the broader scientific community. To do this it is imperative to minimize costs while providing student access and ensuring data quality so that this data may be used for scientific purposes. During the summers of 2001 and 2002, undergraduate students from the University of Washington, Tacoma, participated in two very different marine research courses designed by environmental science faculty. We compare these two educational models and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Gawel, J. E.; Greengrove, C. L.

2003-12-01

300

Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Experiment for Undergraduate and Graduate Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Many NMR experiments in analytical chemistry courses utilize commercial Fourier transform (FT) instruments that do little in teaching the students about the components of the spectrometer. We have designed a FT-NMR spectrometer composed of self-contained components (i.e. mixers, switches, amplifiers) that has been successfully incorporated into laboratory experiments for both undergraduate and graduate students. The undergraduate instrumental analysis experiment allows students to examine the spectrometer on a component by component basis. The individual components of the spectrometer were mounted on a board and connected by coaxial cables, which easily permits changes in the configuration of the spectrometer. Topics covered in the experiment included filtering, amplification, phase cycling, and quadrature detection as well as quantitative determination of the amount of ethanol in an unknown sample. In the graduate analog instrumentation course, the graduate students were required to take the same components used in the undergraduate experiment and construct a working spectrometer.

Doscotch, Matthew A.; Evans, John F.; Munson, Eric J.

1998-08-01

301

Change over a service learning experience in science undergraduates' beliefs expressed about elementary school students' ability to learn science  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This longitudinal investigation explores the change in four (3 female, 1 male) science undergraduates' beliefs expressed about low-income elementary school students' ability to learn science. The study sought to identify how the undergraduates in year-long public school science-teaching partnerships perceived the social, cultural, and economic factors affecting student learning. Previous service-learning research infrequently focused on science undergraduates relative to science and society or detailed expressions of their beliefs and field practices over the experience. Qualitative methodology was used to guide the implementation and analysis of this study. A sample of an additional 20 science undergraduates likewise involved in intensive reflection in the service learning in science teaching (SLST) course called Elementary Science Education Partners (ESEP) was used to examine the typicality of the case participants. The findings show two major changes in science undergraduates' belief expressions: (1) a reduction in statements of beliefs from a deficit thinking perspective about the elementary school students' ability to learn science, and (2) a shift in the attribution of students, underlying problems in science learning from individual-oriented to systemic-oriented influences. Additional findings reveal that the science undergraduates perceived they had personally and profoundly changed as a result of the SLST experience. Changes include: (1) the gain of a new understanding of others' situations different from their own; (2) the realization of and appreciation for their relative positions of privilege due to their educational background and family support; (3) the gain in ability to communicate, teach, and work with others; (4) the idea that they were more socially and culturally connected to their community outside the university and their college classrooms; and (5) a broadening of the way they understood or thought about science. Women participants stated that the experience validated their science and science-related career choices. Results imply that these changes have the potential to strengthen the undergraduate pursuit of science-related careers and will contribute positive influences to our education system and society at large.

Goebel, Camille A.

302

Development and pilot evaluation of Native CREST-a Cancer Research Experience and Student Training program for Navajo undergraduate students.  

PubMed

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Diné College received funding for a 4-year collaborative P20 planning grant from the National Cancer Institute in 2006. The goal of the partnership was to increase Navajo undergraduates' interest in and commitment to biomedical coursework and careers, especially in cancer research. This paper describes the development, pilot testing, and evaluation of Native CREST (Cancer Research Experience and Student Training), a 10-week cancer research training program providing mentorship in a Mayo Clinic basic science or behavioral cancer research lab for Navajo undergraduate students. Seven Native American undergraduate students (five females, two males) were enrolled during the summers of 2008-2011. Students reported the program influenced their career goals and was valuable to their education and development. These efforts may increase the number of Native American career scientists developing and implementing cancer research, which will ultimately benefit the health of Native American people. PMID:23001889

Hughes, Christine A; Bauer, Mark C; Horazdovsky, Bruce F; Garrison, Edward R; Patten, Christi A; Petersen, Wesley O; Bowman, Clarissa N; Vierkant, Robert A

2013-03-01

303

Undergraduate Students' Understanding of Falling Bodies in Idealized and Real-World Situations  

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This study investigates the understanding of 18 first-year undergraduate students when simultaneously presented with two contrasting dynamical situations: the idealized (without air resistance) and real-world cases of balls being dropped or thrown. Previous work has shown that getting students to recognize flaws in their mental models helps them…

Cahyadi, M. Veronica; Butler, Philip H.

2004-01-01

304

Undergraduate Students' Conceptions of Natural and Anthropogenic Climate Change: A Case Study Approach  

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|This dissertation shows the evolution of five undergraduate students' ideas of natural and anthropogenic climate change throughout a lecture hall course on climate change. This research was informed by conceptual change theory and students' inaccurate ideas of climate change. Subjects represented different levels of climate change understanding…

Trenbath, Thien-Kim Leckie

2012-01-01

305

Student Perceptions of the Hip Hop Culture's Influence on the Undergraduate Experience  

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|This study sought to determine how identification and engagement with the hip hop culture influenced the educational experiences of undergraduate students at a Midwestern, predominately White university by interviewing 11 students who self-identified as being immersed in the hip hop culture. Through a qualitative, phenomenological investigation,…

Wessel, Roger D.; Wallaert, Kerry A.

2011-01-01

306

Using Personal Interest Portfolios to Promote Engagement and Improve Student Learning in a Large Undergraduate Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Portfolios are used for many purposes; however, data describing their utility in promoting student engagement and learning in large undergraduate survey courses have not been reported. A large survey course presents a number of teaching and learning challenges that portfolios help to address, such as the ability of the teacher to maintain student

Birkett, M.; Neff, L.; Pieper, S.

2012-01-01

307

Student Perceptions of Effective Use of Tablet PC Recorded Lectures in Undergraduate Mathematics Courses  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Tablet PCs have been increasingly used in undergraduate courses to create recorded lectures that are close copies of the live lectures. Research has shown that students are largely positive about the availability of tablet PC recorded lectures. However, there is some concern that the availability of such faithful recordings may encourage students

Yoon, Caroline; Sneddon, Jamie

2011-01-01

308

Lecture Capture in Large Undergraduate Classes: Student Perceptions and Academic Performance  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Many higher education institutions are now digitally capturing lectures in courses and making them available on the Web for students to view anytime and in anyplace. This study is an attempt to understand the relationship between student perceptions of lecture capture and academic performance in large undergraduate courses where the practice is…

Owston, Ron; Lupshenyuk, Denys; Wideman, Herb

2011-01-01

309

A Developing Qualitative Model Diagnosing the Learning Behavior of Undergraduate Computing Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article describes the initial development of a qualitative system dynamics model as part of the periodic review of a mathematics course. In an effort to enhance the learning experience of undergraduate computing students (for whom the course is a compulsory part of their curriculum) a small sample of students were interviewed regarding their…

Warwick, Jon

2010-01-01

310

Advanced Mathematics Preparation for Graduate School of Undergraduate Science and Engineering Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The difficulty of inspiring spring-semester senior science and engineering students to take another elective advanced mathematics course is well known. Mathematical Physics taught from a text such as Mathematical Methods for Physicists by George B. Arfken and Hans J. Weber has a particularly bad reputation among undergraduates. But any graduate science or engineering student, who realizes the value of advanced

Kenneth E. Siegenthaler

311

Reenacted Case Scenarios for Undergraduate Healthcare Students to Illustrate Person-Centered Care in Dementia  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Healthcare practitioners have suggested that interpreting person-centered care for people who have dementia to undergraduate students requires guidance in practical application. This article describes the production of a written and digital interdisciplinary educational resource for tertiary students. It uses real-life case scenarios provided by…

Bradley, Sandra L.; De Bellis, Anita; Guerin, Pauline; Walters, Bonnie; Wotherspoon, Alison; Cecchin, Maggie; Paterson, Jan

2010-01-01

312

Critical Thinking Dispositions Among Undergraduate Students During Their Introductory Health Education Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The present study was undertaken to measure critical thinking dispositions in students as they enter the health education program at Illinois State University (ISU). Health education undergraduate students at ISU were found to have shortcomings in critical thinking dispositions during a study from 2000-2003. Dispositions (e.g. truthseeking,…

Broadbear, James T.; Jin, Guang; Bierma, Thomas J.

2005-01-01

313

Sequencing Genetics Information: Integrating Data into Information Literacy for Undergraduate Biology Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This case study describes an information literacy lab for an undergraduate biology course that leads students through a range of resources to discover aspects of genetic information. The lab provides over 560 students per semester with the opportunity for hands-on exploration of resources in steps that simulate the pathways of higher-level…

MacMillan, Don

2010-01-01

314

Factors Affecting Persistence of Undergraduate Students in a Fisheries and Wildlife Program: Leavers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Undergraduate enrollment in natural resources-related programs are 13% lower than they were 30 years ago, even though overall collegiate enrollment has increased by roughly 8.5 million students during the same period. Because of this, we decided to investigate the question of student retention in a fisheries and wildlife (FW) program from the…

Wolter, Bjorn H. K.; Millenbah, Kelly F.; Montgomery, Robert A.; Schneider, James W.

2011-01-01

315

Information Retrieval Strategies of Millennial Undergraduate Students in Web and Library Database Searches  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Millennial students make up a large portion of undergraduate students attending colleges and universities, and they have a variety of online resources available to them to complete academically related information searches, primarily Web based and library-based online information retrieval systems. The content, ease of use, and required search…

Porter, Brandi

2009-01-01

316

Connecting the Past and the Present to the Future: Engaging Your Undergraduate Students in Professional Organizations  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Today's undergraduate students are interconnected in more ways than ever before. Cell phones, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace all make it possible for individuals to connect with one another in seconds. The interconnectedness among this generation of students makes this demographic ideal for participation in the professional…

Menn, Mindy A.

2011-01-01

317

Introduction of a Journal Excerpt Activity Improves Undergraduate Students' Performance in Statistics  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|We describe an active learning exercise intended to improve undergraduate students' understanding of statistics by grounding complex concepts within a meaningful, applied context. Students in a journal excerpt activity class read brief excerpts of statistical reporting from published research articles, answered factual and interpretive questions,…

Rabin, Laura A.; Nutter-Upham, Katherine E.

2010-01-01

318

Testing the Development of Student Conceptual and Visualization Understanding in Quantum Mechanics through the Undergraduate Career.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Describes an assessment instrument designed to test conceptual and visual understanding of quantum theory, probe various aspects of student understanding of some core ideas of quantum mechanics, and investigate how students develop over the undergraduate curriculum. (Contains 52 references.) (Author/YDS)|

Cataloglu, E.; Robinett, R. W.

2002-01-01

319

An Examination of Alcohol Consumption by Central Michigan University Undergraduate Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Drinking alcohol on college campuses has received considerable attention and concern nationally. To examine the drinking patterns of current undergraduate students at Central Michigan University (CMU), data were collected from 927 students, 117 residence hall directors and resident assistants, and a random sample of 92 faculty members. In…

Rapaport, Ross J.; And Others

320

Lecture Capture in Large Undergraduate Classes: Student Perceptions and Academic Performance  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Many higher education institutions are now digitally capturing lectures in courses and making them available on the Web for students to view anytime and in anyplace. This study is an attempt to understand the relationship between student perceptions of lecture capture and academic performance in large undergraduate courses where the practice is…

Owston, Ron; Lupshenyuk, Denys; Wideman, Herb

2011-01-01

321

A Study of the Relationship Between Protective Behaviors and Drinking Consequences Among Undergraduate College Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The authors identified the number, type, and frequency of protective behaviors that undergraduate college students who consume alcohol use to prevent alcohol-related consequences. Their hypothesis was that students who engage in more types of protective behaviors with greater frequency would be less likely to experience alcohol-related…

Delva, Jorge; Smith, Michael P.; Howell, Richard L.; Harrison, Dianne F.; Wilke, Dina; Jackson, D. Lynn

2004-01-01

322

Affinity for Quantitative Tools: Undergraduate Marketing Students Moving beyond Quantitative Anxiety  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Marketing students are known as less likely to have an affinity for the quantitative aspects of the marketing discipline. In this article, we study the reasons why this might be true and develop a parsimonious 20-item scale for measuring quantitative affinity in undergraduate marketing students. The scale was administered to a sample of business…

Tarasi, Crina O.; Wilson, J. Holton; Puri, Cheenu; Divine, Richard L.

2013-01-01

323

SOFTICE: Facilitating both Adoption of Linux Undergraduate Operating Systems Laboratories and Students' Immersion in Kernel Code  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper discusses how Linux clustering and virtual machine technologies can improve undergraduate students' hands-on experience in operating systems laboratories. Like similar projects, SOFTICE1 relies on User Mode Linux (UML) to provide students with privileged access to a Linux system without creating security breaches on the hosting network. We extend such approaches in two aspects. First, we propose to facilitate

Alessio Gaspar; Sarah Langevin; Joe Stanaback; Clark Godwin

324

Introducing Taiwanese Undergraduate Students to the Nature of Science through Nobel Prize Stories  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Although there is a broad agreement among scientists and science educators that students should not only learn science, but also acquire some sense of its nature, it has been reported that undergraduate students possess an inadequate grasp of the nature of science (NOS). The study presented here examined the potential and effectiveness of Nobel…

Eshach, Haim; Hwang, Fu-Kwun; Wu, Hsin-Kai; Hsu, Ying-Shao

2013-01-01

325

A Multi-Dimensional Cognitive Analysis of Undergraduate Physics Students' Understanding of Heat Conduction  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study proposes a multi-dimensional approach to investigate, represent, and categorize students' in-depth understanding of complex physics concepts. Clinical interviews were conducted with 30 undergraduate physics students to probe their understanding of heat conduction. Based on the data analysis, six aspects of the participants' responses…

Chiou, Guo-Li; Anderson, O. Roger

2010-01-01

326

Blogs: A Qualitative Investigation into an Instructor and Undergraduate Students' Experiences  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study reports on the experiences of an instructor and an undergraduate class who used blogs in their teaching and learning environment at Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey. Qualitative data were collected from observation of students' activities when working on blogs in the classroom, analyses of students' blog documents on the web, and…

Tekinarslan, Erkan

2008-01-01

327

Mini Skirts and Headscarves: Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Secularism in Turkish Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article is based on a qualitative study that examines the perceptions of advanced undergraduate students in five Turkish state universities regarding their understanding of the concept of secularism and its manifestation within the higher education sector. The study further illuminates these students' perspectives of how the university may…

Mabokela, Reitumetse Obakeng; Seggie, Fatma Nevra

2008-01-01

328

How Well Do Undergraduate Research Programs Promote Engagement and Success of Students?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Assessment of undergraduate research (UR) programs using participant surveys has produced a wealth of information about design, implementation, and perceived benefits of UR programs. However, measurement of student participation university wide, and the potential contribution of research experience to student success, also require the study of…

Fechheimer, Marcus; Webber, Karen; Kleiber, Pamela B.

2011-01-01

329

Development of a Mathematics Curriculum for Undergraduate Business Students. Final Report.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Research reported dealt with designing a mathematics course for undergraduate business students. Of the three groups formed by matching, the control group received traditional instruction in college algebra, utilizing one text, while the two experimental groups used materials selected for their relevance to business students. One experimental…

George, Edward Y.

330

A Developing Qualitative Model Diagnosing the Learning Behavior of Undergraduate Computing Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes the initial development of a qualitative system dynamics model as part of the periodic review of a mathematics course. In an effort to enhance the learning experience of undergraduate computing students (for whom the course is a compulsory part of their curriculum) a small sample of students were interviewed regarding their…

Warwick, Jon

2010-01-01

331

Student Usage Patterns and Perceptions for Differentiated Lab Exercises in an Undergraduate Programming Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Differentiated instruction in the form of tiered take-home lab exercises was implemented for students of an undergraduate-level programming course. This paper attempts to uncover the perceptions and usage patterns of students toward these new lab exercises using a comprehensive survey. Findings reveal that these tiered exercises are generally very…

Mok, Heng Ngee

2011-01-01

332

Differences in Suicidal Experiences of Male and Female Undergraduate and Graduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Differences in the suicidal experiences of males and females and of undergraduate and graduate students have not been thoroughly explored. Furthermore, given the changing dynamics of college student suicidality and the challenges of suicide prevention, it is important to continue updating the research in this area. This article presents findings…

Brownson, Chris; Drum, David J.; Smith, Shanna E.; Denmark, Adryon Burton

2011-01-01

333

Evaluating the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Process in Undergraduate Parks and Recreation Academic Programs  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Institutions of higher education are increasingly being held more accountable for assessing student learning both in and out of their classrooms along with reporting results to their stakeholders. The purpose of this study, which examined assessment of student learning outcomes in undergraduate park and recreation academic programs, was two-fold:…

Ross, Craig M.; Young, Sarah J.; Sturts, Jill R.

2012-01-01

334

Assessment of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for undergraduate students in accident and emergency medicine  

Microsoft Academic Search

Conventional techniques for assessing the knowledge and clinical competence of undergraduate medical students are widely acknowledged as being unsatisfactory. We introduced an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for our fourth year medical students at the end of their accident and emergency (A&E) medicine attachment. This paper outlines the organisation of the examination and the results of a comparison of marks

G Johnson; K Reynard

1994-01-01

335

Assessment of Progress for Undergraduate Majors in Small Departments: A Faculty-Student Assembly  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The standard approach to advisement in most departments at Rowan University is to assign students to faculty members. Some departments may have one person with release time to do all the advising. Properly examining the courses and programs in which undergraduate students are progressing is an appropriate topic of concern. One way to handle such…

Albone, Kenneth R.

2008-01-01

336

Cross-Disciplinary Thermoregulation and Sweat Analysis Laboratory Experiences for Undergraduate Chemistry and Exercise Science Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Cross-disciplinary (CD) learning experiences benefit student understanding of concepts and curriculum by offering opportunities to explore topics from the perspectives of alternate fields of study. This report involves a qualitative evaluation of CD health sciences undergraduate laboratory experiences in which concepts and students from two…

Mulligan, Gregory; Taylor, Nichole; Glen, Mary; Tomlin, Dona; Gaul, Catherine A.

2011-01-01

337

Psychometric Analysis of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire in Taiwanese Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ; Peterson et al. in "J Happiness Stud" 6(1):25-41, 2005) in Taiwanese students. The participants were 578 undergraduate students (M[subscript age] = 18.64, SD = 1.02) and completed the OHQ, satisfaction with life scale (Diener et…

Chen, Lung Hung; Tsai, Ying-Mei; Chen, Mei-Yen

2010-01-01

338

Becoming a scientist: The role of undergraduate research in students' cognitive, personal, and professional development  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this ethnographic study of summer undergraduate research (UR) experiences at four liberal arts colleges, where faculty and students work collaboratively on a project of mutual interest in an apprenticeship of authentic science research work, analysis of the accounts of faculty and student participants yields comparative insights into the structural elements of this form of UR program and its benefits

Anne-Barrie Hunter; Sandra L. Laursen; Elaine Seymour

2007-01-01

339

Psychometric Analysis of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire in Taiwanese Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ; Peterson et al. in "J Happiness Stud" 6(1):25-41, 2005) in Taiwanese students. The participants were 578 undergraduate students (M[subscript age] = 18.64, SD = 1.02) and completed the OHQ, satisfaction with life scale (Diener et…

Chen, Lung Hung; Tsai, Ying-Mei; Chen, Mei-Yen

2010-01-01

340

Creation of a collegial network between researchers and undergraduate students at The University of Queensland  

Microsoft Academic Search

It is widely believed that authentic research experiences in science are pivotal in providing context to undergraduate student learning and providing a true sense of what it means to be a 'scientist' (Boyer Report, 1998, Healey & Jenkin,s 2009). Research intensive universities might be expected to have the greatest potential for involving students in authentic research (Turner, Wuetherick & Healey,

Kirsten Farrand; Paula Myatt

341

A Constructivist Case Study Examining the Leadership Development of Undergraduate Students in Campus Recreational Sports  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This constructivist case study examined undergraduate student leadership development. Twenty-one student leaders, 13 females and 8 males, in a campus recreational sports department were interviewed using a semi-structured interview protocol. Seven broad themes: organizing, planning, and delegating; balancing academic, personal and professional…

Hall, Stacey L.; Forrester, Scott; Borsz, Melissa

2008-01-01

342

Connecting the Past and the Present to the Future: Engaging Your Undergraduate Students in Professional Organizations  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Today's undergraduate students are interconnected in more ways than ever before. Cell phones, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace all make it possible for individuals to connect with one another in seconds. The interconnectedness among this generation of students makes this demographic ideal for participation in the professional…

Menn, Mindy A.

2011-01-01

343

Campus Eco Tours: An Integrative & Interactive Field Project for Undergraduate Biology Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Outdoor areas within or near college campuses offer an opportunity for biology students to observe the natural world and apply concepts from class. Here, I describe an engaging and integrative project where undergraduate non-major biology students work in teams to develop and present professional "eco tours." This project takes place over…

Boes, Katie E.

2013-01-01

344

Undergraduate students’ experiences of networked learning in UK higher education: A survey-based study  

Microsoft Academic Search

This chapter reports findings from a study of networked learning at the undergraduate level. It focuses on students’ expectations about, and experiences of, networked learning. The data come from questionnaires administered at the start and end of four different courses, and their interpretation is informed by a set of interviews with students and teachers involved in these and other networked

Peter Goodyear; Christopher Jones; Mireia Asensio; Vivien Hodgson; Christine Steeples

345

Using interdisciplinary bioinformatics undergraduate research to recruit and retain computer science students  

Microsoft Academic Search

An interdisciplinary undergraduate research project in bioin- formatics, jointly mentored by faculty in computer science and biology, has been developed and is being used to pro- vide top-quality instruction to biology and computer science students. This paper explains the benefits of such a collab- oration to computer science students and to the computer science discipline. Specific goals of the project

Jon Beck; Brent Buckner; Olga Nikolova

2007-01-01

346

Using interdisciplinary bioinformatics undergraduate research to recruit and retain computer science students  

Microsoft Academic Search

An interdisciplinary undergraduate research project in bioinformatics, jointly mentored by faculty in computer science and biology, has been developed and is being used to provide top-quality instruction to biology and computer science students. This paper explains the benefits of such a collaboration to computer science students and to the computer science discipline. Specific goals of the project include increased recruitment

Jon Beck; Brent Buckner; Olga Nikolova

2007-01-01

347

Understanding the Integrative Role of an Academic Library for Undergraduate Student Workers  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study explored how undergraduate library student workers at an urban, 4-year public institution perceived their work experiences in an academic library as contributing to their social and academic integration in college. Tinto's (1993) model on student departure formed the basis for this study where academic and social integration work together to influence institutional commitments ultimately leading to the decision

Charles W. Weston

2008-01-01

348

The relationship between alcohol use and cigarette smoking in a sample of undergraduate college students  

Microsoft Academic Search

During the decade of the 1990s, smoking prevalence increased nearly 30% in the college student population. Although most college students initiate smoking before the age of 18, recent evidence suggests a sizable minority of undergraduates report starting smoking while in college. This study examined the concurrent use of alcohol and tobacco as well as the relationship between alcohol use and

Mark B. Reed; Rong Wang; Audrey M. Shillington; John D. Clapp; James E. Lange

2007-01-01

349

The Impact of an Undergraduate Honors Program on Gifted University Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Through a qualitative research design, this study examined the experiences of seven gifted university students in an undergraduate honors program. The findings indicated the students as adolescents experienced a sense of isolation resulting from the differences between their abilities, interests, life goals, religious value systems, and the communities in which they lived. At the university, the participants discovered within the

Thomas P. Hébert; Matthew T. McBee

2007-01-01

350

Engaging Students in Inquiry: Tales From an Undergraduate Geology Laboratory-Based Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper reports the synthesis of three case studies of students' engagement in inquiry-based learning activities in an upper-level undergraduate geology course. Details of how students engaged in scientific questions, gave priority to evidence, formulated explanations, evaluated explanations, and communicated and justified their findings are…

Apedoe, Xornam S.

2008-01-01

351

Private Loan Counseling for Undergraduate Students: The Role of College Financial Aid Counselors  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The cost of attending college has surpassed federal financial aid limits and fewer parents are paying the balance. As private lenders have been targeting undergraduate students to obtain private (alternative) loans to fill the financial gap, many students do not have parents or other adults to help them navigate one of the largest financial…

Jensen, Carol A.

2008-01-01

352

Will Undergraduate Students Play Games to Learn How to Conduct Library Research?  

Microsoft Academic Search

This exploratory study examines whether undergraduate students will play games to learn how to conduct library research. Results indicate that students will play games that are an integral component of the course curriculum and enable them to accomplish overall course goals at the same time they learn about library research.

Karen Markey; Fritz Swanson; Andrea Jenkins; Brian Jennings; Beth St. Jean; Victor Rosenberg; Xingxing Yao; Robert Frost

2009-01-01

353

Effect of the Web on Undergraduate Citation Behavior: Guiding Student Scholarship in a Networked Age.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Provides results of a longitudinal study tracking research behavior of a multi-college undergraduate course in microeconomics from 1996 to 2001. Student term paper bibliographies grew between 1996 and 2000 but included fewer scholarly resources. In 2001, students tended to cite scholarly sources when the professor provided clear and enforceable…

Davis, Philip M.

2003-01-01

354

Mathematical Skills in Undergraduate Students. A Ten-Year Survey of a Plant Physiology Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In the health and life sciences and many other scientific disciplines, problem solving depends on mathematical skills. However, significant deficiencies are commonly found in this regard in undergraduate students. In an attempt to understand the underlying causes, and to improve students' performances, this article describes a ten-year survey…

Llamas, A.; Vila, F.; Sanz, A.

2012-01-01

355

Sequencing Genetics Information: Integrating Data into Information Literacy for Undergraduate Biology Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This case study describes an information literacy lab for an undergraduate biology course that leads students through a range of resources to discover aspects of genetic information. The lab provides over 560 students per semester with the opportunity for hands-on exploration of resources in steps that simulate the pathways of higher-level…

MacMillan, Don

2010-01-01

356

An Exploration of Potential Factors Affecting Student Withdrawal from an Undergraduate Music Education Program  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purpose of this study was to examine the degree withdrawal patterns of undergraduate music education majors, with a specific focus on the individual experiences of students withdrawing from the major. Data from recently withdrawn students (N = 14) were assembled using a qualitative methodology that included semistructured interviews,…

Gavin, Russell B.

2012-01-01

357

Stimulant Medication Use, Misuse, and Abuse in an Undergraduate and Graduate Student Sample  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In this study, the authors investigated the characteristics of use, misuse, and abuse of stimulant medication (primarily methylphenidate and variants) among students at a northeastern US university. Researchers sent an invitation to take an Internet survey to student e-mail addresses and passed 150 paper surveys in undergraduate classes,…

White, Barbara Prudhomme; Becker-Blease, Kathryn A.; Grace-Bishop, Kathleen

2006-01-01

358

Use of the "Attitudes Toward Mainstreaming Scale" with Undergraduate Education Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Education students' attitudes towards mainstreaming are crucial to the future success of the movement toward inclusive education. This study describes the attitudes toward mainstreaming held by undergraduate education students and assesses attitude changes related to knowledge about handicapping conditions and the field of education as well as…

Wilczenski, Felicia L.

359

The Impact of Immersion Programs upon Undergraduate Students of Jesuit Colleges and Universities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Statement of the problem: This research study examined the impact of international immersion programs upon undergraduate students at Jesuit colleges and universities. Students return from immersion experiences claiming that the experience changed their lives. This study offered an assessment strategy to give greater evidence as to the impact of…

Savard, John D.

2010-01-01

360

Student Usage Patterns and Perceptions for Differentiated Lab Exercises in an Undergraduate Programming Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Differentiated instruction in the form of tiered take-home lab exercises was implemented for students of an undergraduate-level programming course. This paper attempts to uncover the perceptions and usage patterns of students toward these new lab exercises using a comprehensive survey. Findings reveal that these tiered exercises are generally…

Mok, H. N.

2012-01-01

361

Will Undergraduate Students Play Games to Learn How to Conduct Library Research?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This exploratory study examines whether undergraduate students will play games to learn how to conduct library research. Results indicate that students will play games that are an integral component of the course curriculum and enable them to accomplish overall course goals at the same time they learn about library research. (Contains 1 table.)|

Markey, Karen; Swanson, Fritz; Jenkins, Andrea; Jennings, Brian; St. Jean, Beth; Rosenberg, Victor; Yao, Xingxing; Frost, Robert

2009-01-01

362

Developing the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers: Tips for Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Universities and funding agencies are increasingly calling for collaborative research between community partners and academics. When combined with faculty roles in training the next generation of researchers, these collaborative frameworks can present a challenge to undergraduate students seeking experience with research activities—both in terms of the types of needed training and the timelines involved. The quality and effectiveness of student

Laura Ryser; Sean Markey; Greg Halseth

2012-01-01

363

Does Marketing Attract Less Ethical Students? An Assessment of the Moral Reasoning Ability of Undergraduate Marketing Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article assesses the level of moral reasoning ability (MRA) of undergraduate marketing students and compares the results with the MRA of students in a range of other business disciplines. The aim was to determine if marketing attracts individuals who have a greater predisposition to unethical behaviors given that marketing is often reported…

Herington, Carmel; Weaven, Scott

2007-01-01

364

Student Placement: The Challenge of Helping Our Undergraduate Marketing Students Prepare for the Job Marketplace and their Careers in Marketing  

Microsoft Academic Search

The desired culminating experience for most of our marketing graduates is career placement. This research was conducted in an effort to assist undergraduate marketing students in gaining entrance to the job market and to give marketing academics timely and accurate information with which to advise their students.

Leslie A. Goldgehn

1989-01-01

365

Comparison of second-degree and traditional undergraduate nursing students' sense of belonging during clinical placements.  

PubMed

Second-degree undergraduate nursing programs are proliferating throughout Canada. Although these shorter programs are attracting students from a variety of disciplines and professions, a sense of belonging and the meaning or implications of belongingness have not been examined for this unique nursing student cohort. A survey design, using the Belongingness Scale-Clinical Placement Experience questionnaire, explores second-degree nursing students' sense of belonging, compared with that of 4-year undergraduate nursing students. Overall, second-degree nursing students experienced a sense of belonging during clinical placements to a lesser degree than their counterparts in a traditional nursing program. Providing second-degree students with opportunities to know and create partnerships with nurse educators and staff while on placements, as well as providing them with feedback presented in positive terms, will help these students flourish and engender a greater sense of belonging. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(11):657-661.]. PMID:24127179

Sedgwick, Monique

2013-10-14

366

The Use of Undergraduate Students in a Long-Term Air Pollution Reduction Research Project  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Over the last ten years, a research project involving the study of the air pollutant emissions from small utility engines has been conducted. The project studied (1) the extent of the deterioration of the emissions as the engines age, (2) the causes of the deterioration, and (3) strategies for improving the emissions. Thirteen undergraduate students have worked on this project over the years. In comparison, only two M.S.-level graduate students (one of whom originally worked as an undergraduate student on the project) worked on the project over the same time. As a result, much of the research work was completed by these undergraduate students and their efforts played a large role in sustaining the project over its duration. Students who worked on this project benefited by performing engineering work in a modern research laboratory facility, thereby gaining experience that could be helpful for them in their future careers. In addition, the students had the opportunity to work with engineers from the industrial sponsors of the project. In these interactions, the students needed to learn how to work with other engineers, and communicate their questions, ideas, and results clearly. The reliance on undergraduate students, rather than graduate students, on the project did have some drawbacks. These include an increased need for guidance, and often an increased time for the completion of project tasks due to the students having less time to devote to the project. This paper describes the research activities of the students on the project, and contains a summary of the results. The educational benefits experienced by these students are described. In addition, project management issues such as maintaining project continuity, interaction with the project sponsors, and student recruitment are discussed. Some consideration on the impact of the project on future graduate school enrollment by the students is also presented.

Reisel, John

2011-03-23

367

Self-Esteem, Social Support, Collectivism, and the Thin-Ideal in Latina College Undergraduates  

PubMed Central

Thin-ideal internalization (TII) reflects agreement that thinness equates with beauty. TII is a risk factor for body dissatisfaction and eating pathology; this phenomenon and its correlates, however, are just beginning to be studied in Latina undergraduates. This study examined the ability of self-esteem, social support, and collectivism to predict TII in Latina undergraduates. It was hypothesized that higher levels of self-esteem, social support, and collectivism would predict lower levels of TII. Cross-sectional data were analyzed using multiple regression; the model was significant, p < .01. Although both self-esteem and social support negatively correlated with thin-ideal internalization, only self-esteem accounted for a significant amount of variance. Results indicate that investigations of self-esteem as a protective factor against TII in Latina undergraduates would be fruitful, as would how self-esteem and social support affect the relationship between TII and other variables. Implications and limitations are discussed.

Cordero, Elizabeth D.

2010-01-01

368

Perception of Educational Environment Among Undergraduate Students in a Chiropractic Training Institution  

PubMed Central

Purpose: The impact of the educational environment in student learning is well documented. However, there is a scarcity in the literature exploring the educational environment in chiropractic training institutions. This study aimed to identify the perceived educational environment in a chiropractic training institution and the possible perceptual differences among different demographic groups. Methods: The perceived educational environment was surveyed using Dundee Ready Education Environment (DREEM), which is a validated, self-administered, and Likert-type inventory. DREEM items focus on subdomains related to learning, teachers, self-confidence, academic atmosphere, and social environment. The results were analyzed and interpreted in relation to standard norms of DREEM and demographic variables. Results: The survey was completed by 124 chiropractic undergraduate students (response rate 83%). Statistically, the inventory items showed high correlation and the subdomains showed a close relationship. Overall the DREEM score was very high: 156.1/200 (78%). The subdomain scores were also at very high levels. However, the scoring of four items by students was consistently poor: lack of a support system for stressed students, 1.8 (SD 1.1); authoritarian teachers, 1.8 (SD 1.2); inadequate school time-tabling, 2.0 (SD 1.1); and overemphasis on factual learning, 2.0 (SD 1.0). There were no statistically significant differences in DREEM scores between gender, age, minority, and ethnicity groups. Conclusions: In general, students perceived that a sound educational environment is fostered by the institution and its educational program for all students despite their demographic variations. However, certain specific elements of the educational process may need to be addressed to improve the educational experience.

Palmgren, Per J.; Chandratilake, Madawa

2011-01-01

369

Using Peer Teaching to Support Co-Operative Learning in Undergraduate Pharmacology  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|We report findings from the second phase of a study of co-operative, group-based assessment in Pharmacology for second-year undergraduates at The University of Queensland, Australia. Students (n = 285) enrolled in the 2006 Bachelor of Science degree program completed a group-based assessment task (weighted 10% of their course). Blended teaching…

Depaz, Iris; Moni, Roger W.

2008-01-01

370

Iranian undergraduate nursing student perceptions of informal learning: A qualitative research  

PubMed Central

Background: Nursing education is both formal and informal. Formal education represents only a small part of all the learning involved; and many students learn more effectively through informal processes. There is little information about nursing student informal education and how it affects their character and practice. Materials and Methods: This qualitative study explores undergraduate nursing student perceptions of informal learning during nursing studies. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews with a sample of undergraduate nursing students (n = 14). Strauss and Corbin’s constant comparison analysis approach was used for data analysis. Results: The categories that emerged included personal maturity and emotional development, social development, closeness to God, alterations in value systems, and ethical and professional commitment. Conclusion: Findings reveal that nursing education could take advantage of informal learning opportunities to develop students’ nontechnical skills and produce more competent students. Implications for nursing education are discussed.

Seylani, Khatereh; Negarandeh, Reza; Mohammadi, Easa

2012-01-01

371

Graduate-Student Teaching Assistants: A Crucial Element in Improving Undergraduate Physics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

At large research universities, undergraduate students spend more time in a typical physics (or other science class) being taught by graduate teaching assistants (TAs) than by regular faculty. Student time with TAs occurs in lab or discussion sections, which by design are usually more interactive than lecture. Since physics education research has solidly established that interactive learning environments are more successful at fostering student learning than traditional lectures, it follows that graduate students could be in a better position to stimulate meaningful student learning than faculty. Yet there is little research on TAs and their contribution to improved learning. I characterize and discuss the classroom observations of 26 TAs leading interactive discussion/lab sections, describing the types of academic interactions these TAs have with their students and how commonly they occur. I also examine the degree to which these interactions affect undergraduate attitudes and achievement. )

Paul, Cassandra; West, Emily; Potter, Wendell; Webb, David

2010-02-01

372

The effects of a CD-ROM textbook on student achievement and cognition-level attainment of undergraduate biology students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Purpose of the study. This study was designed to measure the effects of CD-ROM textbook integration on student achievement and student cognition-level-attainment for undergraduate general biology students. Four sections of general biology were selected as the study group. Two sections served as the experimental group receiving CD-ROM textbook integration. The remaining two sections served as the control group, and were taught biological content utilizing a traditional textbook. Procedure. This study employed a pre-experimental research design, static group comparison (Ary, Jacobs, & Razavieh, 1996: 331), to determine if a CD-ROM textbook had significant effects on student cognition-level-attainment and content achievement of undergraduate biology students. The study was conducted during the 2001 spring semester at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The duration of the treatment was approximately sixteen weeks. Four sections of general biology (N = 101) were selected as the study group. Two of the four sections of general biology (n = 48) were randomly selected by the researcher via coin toss to serve as the experimental group, Group A, and were taught biological content utilizing a CD-ROM Textbook. The remaining two sections of general biology (n = 53) served as the control group, Group B, and were taught biological content utilizing a traditional textbook. Various statistical tests were used in analysis of the data. The ten null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level of significance. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences program (SPSS), version 9.0 (SPSS, 1999), was used to process the data. Results. The results determined by this study were the overall effects of the CD-ROM textbook did not significantly differ from the effects of the traditional textbook on student content achievement and cognition-level-attainment. Conclusions. The utilization of CD-ROM textbook instruction is not superior at improving student achievement of biology content, as measured by overall student biology grades and NABT/NSTA High School Biology Examination scores, compared to traditional textbook instruction. In addition, CD-ROM textbook instruction is not superior at improving student mastery of biology content, as measured by the first three levels of Bloom's taxonomic scale, when compared to traditional textbook instruction. Furthermore, biology students participating in the CD-ROM textbook instruction, when compared to their traditional textbook counterparts, initially scored lower on unit examinations. However, these students scored higher on subsequent unit examinations, strongly indicating a temporal factor with student performance. This conclusion is supported by the findings of McLean et al. (1997). According to the findings of this study (1997), students participating in an electronic instructional medium exhibit an initial frustration level. Familiarization with the new technology over time parallels greatly reduced frustration levels.

Ludrick, Brad Burton

373

Sexual Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Female Undergraduate Students in Wuhan, China: The Only-Child versus Students with Siblings  

PubMed Central

Objectives This study explored sexual knowledge, attitudes and practices of female only-child undergraduates and made a comparison with students with siblings. Methods Anonymously completed questionnaires were received from 4,769 female undergraduates, recruited using randomized cluster sampling by type of university and students' major and grade. Multivariate logistic regression was used to assess the effects of only-child on sexual knowledge, attitudes and practices among female undergraduates. Results Of 4,769 female undergraduate students, 41.0% were only-child and 59.0% were students with siblings. Compared with students with siblings, only-child students scored higher on sex-related knowledge, were more inclined to agree with premarital sex, multiple sex partners, one-night stands, extramarital lovers and homosexuality, and were more likely to have a boyfriend and experience sexual intercourse (73.6% vs. 61.4%; 24.0% vs. 14.0%). Only-children were less likely to experience coercion at first sex and have first sexual intercourse with men not their “boyfriends” than children with siblings (3.3% vs. 6.4%; 20.7% vs. 28.8%). There were no significant differences on other risky sexual behaviors (e.g. multiple sex partners and inconsistent condom use) between the only-child students and students with siblings. Conclusions Sexual knowledge, attitudes and some practices of only-child female undergraduates were different from students with siblings. Intervention should be designed according to different requirements of only-children and non-only-children.

Li, Shiyue; Chen, Rucheng; Cao, Yue; Li, Jingjing; Zuo, Dan; Yan, Hong

2013-01-01

374

LINKING UNDERGRADUATE VALUE ORIENTATIONS TO STUDENT ACADEMIC BEHAVIORS  

Microsoft Academic Search

Educational research and identity research focusing on college students have investigated many aspects of the college student life, the college experience, and their affects on students' grade point averages (GPA), degree aspirations, and school-related behaviors (student engagement). Though it is important to understand how institutional characteristics and types of educational programs influence student engagement as well as what types of

Allison M. Cantwell

2008-01-01

375

The Psychological Well-Being of Undergraduate Social Work Students During Times of Economic Cutbacks  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study explores the effects of the current job market on the psychological well-being of undergraduate social work students. Psychological well-being is defined as the assertiveness, self-esteem, and depression levels of the students. The general conclusions of the study suggest that the students were not affected psychologically by current economic conditions in the social services. It is concluded that more

John T. Pardeck; Tammy Christenberry Jolly

1990-01-01

376

The lifestyle behaviours and exercise beliefs of undergraduate student nurses : A descriptive study  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – Only limited published research is available exploring the lifestyle practices of student nurses. The purpose of this paper is to explore the lifestyle behaviours and exercise beliefs of Irish student nurses. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – A descriptive survey design was used. First-year and third-year undergraduate student nurses (n=182) studying at one Irish university participated. Data were collected by administering self-report

Eimear Burke; Bernard McCarthy

2011-01-01

377

Student plagiarism and faculty responsibility in undergraduate engineering labs  

Microsoft Academic Search

In undergraduate engineering labs, lab reports are routinely copied. By ignoring this form of plagiarism, teaching assistants and lab technicians neglect their role responsibility. By designing courses that facilitate it, however inadvertently, professors neglect their causal responsibility. Using the case of one university, we show via interviews and observation that such routine copying and faculty negligence are rampant. We suggest

Ashvin Parameswaran; Poornima Devi

2006-01-01

378

Student Plagiarism and Faculty Responsibility in Undergraduate Engineering Labs  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In undergraduate engineering labs, lab reports are routinely copied. By ignoring this form of plagiarism, teaching assistants and lab technicians neglect their role responsibility. By designing courses that facilitate it, however inadvertently, professors neglect their causal responsibility. Using the case of one university, we show via…

Parameswaran, Ashvin; Devi, Poornima

2006-01-01

379

Student Plagiarism and Faculty Responsibility in Undergraduate Engineering Labs  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In undergraduate engineering labs, lab reports are routinely copied. By ignoring this form of plagiarism, teaching assistants and lab technicians neglect their role responsibility. By designing courses that facilitate it, however inadvertently, professors neglect their causal responsibility. Using the case of one university, we show via interviews…

Parameswaran, Ashvin; Devi, Poornima

2006-01-01

380

Increasing Effectiveness in Teaching Ethics to Undergraduate Business Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Traditional approaches to teaching business ethics (philosophical analysis, moral quandaries, executive cases) may not be effective in persuading undergraduates of the importance of ethical behavior. Better techniques include values education, ethical decision-making models, analysis of ethical conflicts, and role modeling. (SK)

Lampe, Marc

1997-01-01

381

A Survey of Undergraduate Student Reactions to Academic Advising  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|At the mid-western land-grant university under study, undergraduate academic advising is part of the teaching mission and under the purview of the academic deans. In the decentralized system used, academic advising is delivered via full-time professional advisors in advising centers serving entire colleges or multiple curricula, full-time…

Lynch, Michael L.

2004-01-01

382

Priority Health Behavior Practices among Chinese Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study examined the priority health behaviors among Chinese youth by administering a questionnaire to 1,917 undergraduates enrolled in three universities in China. The response rate was 89.7%. This survey found that 75.2% of the participants tried cigarettes at least once during their lifetime, over half had their first cigarette and…

Johnson, Ping H.

2004-01-01

383

Factors affecting the matriculation of African American undergraduate students in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Previous research studies indicated that African Americans remain severely underrepresented in the field of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET), making up only 3% of that workforce, while representing 11.1% of all professional and related workers and 12.6% of the general population. As this country moves towards a more culturally diverse population, then representation of African Americans in SMET-related fields must be addressed in order to ensure our nation's competitiveness in a global market. This research study analyzed characteristics of African American undergraduate SMET majors participating in the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) program in six different states located in the Southeast region of the United States. These states consisted of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. AMP program participants completed a survey questionnaire, which collected information about potential factors that could affect their matriculation in SMET programs of studies at their respective institutions. Follow-up interviews and focus group sessions were also conducted with AMP participants to provide supplemental information to the survey data. The results of student responses were analyzed according to the type of institution the students attended (Historically Black College or University and Majority White Institution) as well as by the statewide Alliance program in which the students were involved. The students responded to survey questions that asked for their reasons for majoring in their field of study, their level of satisfaction with their institution, their impressions of student support programs and persons, their impressions of faculty and advisors, their reasons for thinking of switching majors, and their level of high school preparation. Statistical analyses of the student responses found that African American AMP students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities differed from those attending Majority White Institutions in terms of their means for achieving future goals, their reasons for thinking of switching majors, their impressions of faculty and advisors, their beliefs that there was too much effort/stress involved in their major field, and their level of high school preparation and achievement. Further analyses determined that the five participating Alliances only differed in student opinions about the support provided by the AMP program/director.

Hall, Alfred L., II

384

Integration and health-related quality of life of undergraduate medical students with migration backgrounds - Results of a survey  

PubMed Central

Objective: Most medical faculties in Germany are still lacking differentiated counseling programmes for specific target groups. The purpose of the present study was to determine the quality of life and integration of students with migration backgrounds and their interests in counseling programmes. Methods: Data was collected at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany. Participants were students of the undergraduate medical course; n=890 (89.3%) students without migration backgrounds were compared to n=107 (10.7%) students with an existing migration background. Results: The results showed that medical students with migration backgrounds reported lower scores for health-related quality of life compared to students without a migration background. They felt less accepted and supported by their fellow students and had fewer contacts with other students. Medical students with migration backgrounds were characterised by a higher interest in the implementation of a counseling programme (Z=–3.420; p=.001). Conclusions: In summary, medical students with migration backgrounds were identified as a group with an increased need for a specific counseling service. Lower scores of mental health and feelings of inferior integration set the necessity for early counseling and intervention needs.

Kurre, Jennifer; Scholl, Johanna; Bullinger, Monika; Petersen-Ewert, Corinna

2011-01-01

385

Summer Undergraduate Breast Cancer Research Program.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The Summer Undergraduate Breast Cancer Research Program (SUBCRP) at the Univ. of Missouri- Columbia (MU) supported 4 students in 2003. These students participated in faculty-mentored research projects for eight weeks and participated in seminars, brown-ba...

W. R. Folk L. Blockus

2004-01-01

386

A Comparison of Graduate and Undergraduate Teacher Education Students' Perceptions of Their Instructors' Use of "Microsoft PowerPoint"  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study explored the perceptions of 304 teacher education students regarding how effectively and meaningfully their instructors use the "Microsoft PowerPoint" presentation software program in their teaching and compared graduate and undergraduate students' perceptions to determine the extent to which graduate and undergraduate teacher…

Yilmazel-Sahin, Yesim

2009-01-01

387

A Quasi-Experimental Study of Religiosity of Undergraduate Students Enrolled in an Online Christian Worldview Course  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purpose of this study was to examine whether or not a change in religiosity would occur in undergraduate students at a West Coast Christian university as a result of their participation in an online Christian worldview course. Twenty-six undergraduate students participated in this pretest posttest quasi-experimental study which employed the…

Markette, Jo Ann Alicia Foley

2012-01-01

388

Is Vacation Apprenticeship of Undergraduate Life Science Students a Model for Human Capacity Development in the Life Sciences?  

Microsoft Academic Search

A life sciences undergraduate apprenticeship initiative was run during the vacations at a South African university. In particular, the initiative aimed to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Annually 12–18 undergraduate biology students were apprenticed to various institutions during the January and July vacations from 2005 to 2007. This was to develop their skills and interests in the

Colleen Thelma Downs

2010-01-01

389

Analyzing the Attitude of Undergraduate Students toward Poverty and Impoverished Persons: Does Social Work Education Make a Difference?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study evaluated the impact that undergraduate social work education had on students' attitude toward poverty as pretest and posttest data were collected from 166 university students enrolled in an undergraduate social work course that included a focus on poverty. At both stages of the study participants responded to a 37-item validated…

Weaver, Robert D.; Yun, Sung Hyun

2011-01-01

390

Here I am Now! Critical ethnography and community service-learning with immigrant and refugee undergraduate students and youth  

Microsoft Academic Search

Here I am Now! is the title a multi-ethnic group of immigrant and refugee undergraduate students and neighboring urban Vietnamese and Cambodian refugee youth gave to their participatory photography installation. The exhibit was the culmination of undergraduate students’ participation in a series of Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses offered through CIRCLE (Center for Immigrant and Refugee Community Leadership and Empowerment) at

Janna Shadduck-Hernández

2006-01-01

391

Making research real: embedding a longitudinal study in a taught research course for undergraduate nursing students.  

PubMed

Learning how and why scholarly research underpins and informs professional nursing practice is a continual challenge for undergraduate nursing students. They find the language and methods of research to be unfamiliar and unsettling. The work of educators thus becomes the process of breaking down barriers to students' understanding of research processes and application. Such work is increasingly important in the current era of evidence based practice, where students must be competent in sourcing, critiquing and applying research to meet real clinical questions. In response, as lecturers who taught the course, Research for Health Professionals, we have reinvented how research is taught to second year undergraduate students. This article outlines our creative approach to facilitate students learning research theory and methodology by conducting a "real-life" research study in a local retirement community. PMID:22100420

Niven, Elizabeth; Roy, Dianne E; Schaefer, Barbara A; Gasquoine, Susan E; Ward, Frances A

2011-11-17

392

Igbo students' attitudes toward supporting aged parents.  

PubMed

This study was designed to explore attitudes of Nigerian, i.e., Igbo, students toward caring for aged parents. A questionnaire consisting of descriptive information and eighteen statements of attitudes about supporting aged parents was administered to 134 students in a Nigerian teacher training college. Students expressed strong support for caring for aged parents; however, male students were not as keen about supporting aged parents as were females. Students' age correlated negatively with the desire to support aged parents in that older students were less willing to care for their aged parents than were younger students. Factors such as birth order, place of residence in the past five years, religion, and educational levels of the mother and father had no significant relationship with attitudes toward supporting aged parents. PMID:2628350

Ohuche, N M; Littrell, J M

1989-01-01

393

A modified version of the Drug Abuse Screening Test among undergraduate students  

PubMed Central

The present study assesses the prevalence of items from a modified version of the Drug Abuse Screening Test, Short Form (DAST-10) for substances other than alcohol among undergraduate students. More than 4,500 undergraduate students at a large Midwestern research university completed a web-based survey in 2005. Nearly 1 every 10 undergraduate students experienced three or more DAST-10 items in the past 12 months. Although the prevalence of illicit drug use did not differ by gender, undergraduate men were significantly more likely than women to report DAST-10 items. Less than 6% of individuals who reported three or more drug DAST-10 items had ever used treatment services for substance use. As a brief screening instrument, the DAST-10 offers promise for detecting possible drug abuse among college students. Based on the prevalence of drug use, colleges and universities are encouraged to provide screening opportunities to identify and to provide services for students at high risk for drug abuse.

McCabe, Sean Esteban; Boyd, Carol J.; Cranford, James A.; Morales, Michele; Slayden, Janie

2006-01-01

394

Psychiatric Curriculum and its Impact on the Attitude of Indian Undergraduate Medical Students and Interns  

PubMed Central

Context: Psychiatry is given very less importance in the Indian undergraduate medical curriculum and this affects the attitudes of students toward psychiatry and mentally ill patients. Aim: To study the attitude of undergraduate medical students and interns toward psychiatry and mentally ill patients. Materials and Methods: Undergraduate medical students and interns of a private medical college and research institute in South India consented to form our sample. We studied the General Health Questionnaire, overall level of satisfaction in ongoing Medical course using Visual Analog Scale, attitudes toward psychiatry scale and the attitudes toward mentally ill patient's scale of the students, with their informed consent. SPSS version 18 was used for analysis of data. Results: Participation rate was 96%. Mean age of entire sample was 20.56 years. The total mean score on the General Health Questionnaire was 13.52 in first year but became worse toward internship (18.2). The level of satisfaction in the medical course dipped from 86% at baseline to 20% during internship. Equally high scores were noted in the attitude toward mentally ill scale. On the attitude toward psychiatry scale, there were more views on psychiatry as being an unscientific specialty, psychiatrists being considered poor role models, and psychiatric teaching was of low quality and psychiatry was the least preferred career choice. Conclusions: The undergraduate medical students have a very unfavorable attitude toward psychiatry and mentally ill patients.

Lingeswaran, Anand

2010-01-01

395

Priority Health Behavior Practices Among Chinese Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Abstract English: This study examined the priority health behaviors among Chinese youth by administering a questionnaire to 1,917 undergraduates,enrolled in three universities in China. The response ratewas,89.7%. This survey found that 75.2% of the participants tried cigarettes at least once during their lifetime, over half had their first cigarette and alcoholic drink before age 15, and over 80% had their

Ping H. Johnson

396

PDA Use by Undergraduate Nursing Students on Pediatrie Clinical Rotations  

Microsoft Academic Search

In the 2005\\/2006 academic year, library and nursing faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU) investigated the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs) in undergraduate nursing instruction. This quasi-experimental research study, funded by the National Network\\/Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, describes PDA use in pediatrie clinical instruction at three community hospitals, five health care centers in schools, and unanticipated post

Ladonna Guillot; Susan Pryor

2007-01-01

397

Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Neuroscience Research: A Model System at Baldwin-Wallace College  

PubMed Central

As neuroscience research and discovery undergoes phenomenal growth worldwide, undergraduate students are seeking complete laboratory experiences that go beyond the classic classroom curriculum and provide mentoring in all aspects of science. Stock, in-class, laboratory experiences with known outcomes are less desirable than discovery-based projects in which students become full partners with faculty in the design, conduct and documentation of experiments that find their way into the peer-reviewed literature. The challenges of providing such experiences in the context of a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) can be daunting. Faculty teaching loads are high, and student time is spread over a variety of courses and co-curricular activities. In this context, undergraduates are often reluctant, or ill equipped, to take individual initiative to generate and perform empirical studies. They are more likely to become involved in a sustained, faculty-initiated research program. This paper describes such a program at Baldwin-Wallace College. Students frequently start their laboratory activities in the freshman or sophomore year and enter into a system of faculty and peer mentoring that leads them to experience all aspects of the research enterprise. Students begin with learning basic laboratory tasks and may eventually achieve the status of “Senior Laboratory Associate” (SLA). SLAs become involved in laboratory management, training of less-experienced students, manuscript preparation, and grant proposal writing. The system described here provides a structured, but encouraging, community in which talented undergraduates can develop and mature as they are mentored in the context of a modern neuroscience laboratory. Retention is very good - as most students continue their work in the laboratory for 2–3 years. Student self-reports regarding their growth and satisfaction with the experiences in the laboratory have been excellent and our neuroscience students’ acceptance rate in graduate, medical and veterinary schools has been well above the College average. The system also fosters faculty productivity and satisfaction in the context of the typical challenges of conducting research at a PUI.

Mickley, G. Andrew; Kenmuir, Cynthia; Remmers-Roeber, Dawn

2003-01-01

398

Supporting Student Veterans in Transition  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purpose of this chapter is to offer frameworks and considerations for student affairs professionals seeking to serve the transition needs of the current generation of student veterans. The historical intersections of the military and higher education, particularly with respect to the effects of the draft on students and higher education,…

Rumann, Corey B.; Hamrick, Florence A.

2009-01-01

399

Student Perceptions of Teacher Support  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Background/Context: Working theories about student goal orientation, understanding of intelligence, and affective mediation of task engagement inform current beliefs about students and learning and motivation. Much research has focused on identifying effective teaching strategies to raise the achievement of disadvantaged students; however, less…

Dolan, Alyson Lavigne; McCaslin, Mary

2008-01-01

400

The ERAU Undergraduate Meteorology Program, Students' Learning, and Measures of Success  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The goal of this paper is to introduce the relationship, teaching techniques, research experience, and critical thinking interactions between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University(ERAU) McNair mentors and their meteorology students to ensure the students' continued academic success and path to graduate school. The primary goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide experiences that prepare selected undergraduate students for doctoral study. The overriding goal of the McNair programs is to increase the number of underrepresented students who will obtain doctoral degrees and go on to teach and do research in institutions of higher learning. The underrepresented students are often those with limited resources, however encouraging critical thinking and undergraduate research experience is an effective tool for engaging them in applied meteorology. How do we help underrepresented meteorology students become aware of their strong and weak sides, help their learning, improve their learning strategies, and guide them toward a successful graduate school path? What skills are particularly important in developing a solid undergraduate expertise in meteorology? How can these skills be taught effectively? What are the obstacles the McNair scholars have to overcome? Some students are under prepared in math or have math phobias, others are learning English as they are learning the complex vocabulary of meteorology, or arrive in the classroom with communication skills that are not fully developed. We discuss our experiences as part of the ERAU McNair Scholars Program and Department of meteorology faculty body.

Ivanova, D.

2008-12-01

401

Impact of undergraduate courses on medical student performance in basic sciences.  

PubMed

Many students planning to apply to medical school take undergraduate courses (for example, biochemistry, embryology, histology, and vertebrate anatomy) covering concepts that are taught within the medical school curriculum. Do these students perform better in similar courses in medical school than students without prior exposure? In the study reported here of 310 medical students, approximately 50 percent had taken biochemistry, 50 percent had taken a course dealing with vertebrate anatomy, 25 percent had taken embryology, and 25 percent had taken histology as undergraduates. In comparisons of the students with prior exposure to these courses and those without prior exposure, no statistical difference was noted in cumulative grade-point averages for the first year in medical school or in the students' scores in three of the four individual medical courses examined. In addition, there was no significant difference in the academic performances in the four courses between the students in the upper and the lower quartiles of the class. Implications regarding undergraduate preparation of medical school applicants are discussed. PMID:4045969

Canaday, S D; Lancaster, C J

1985-10-01

402

Can a tablet device alter undergraduate science students' study behavior and use of technology?  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article reports findings from a study investigating undergraduate biological sciences students' use of technology and computer devices for learning and the effect of providing students with a tablet device. A controlled study was conducted to collect quantitative and qualitative data on the impact of a tablet device on students' use of devices and technology for learning. Overall, we found that students made extensive use of the tablet device for learning, using it in preference to laptop computers to retrieve information, record lectures, and access learning resources. In line with other studies, we found that undergraduate students only use familiar Web 2.0 technologies and that the tablet device did not alter this behavior for the majority of tools. We conclude that undergraduate science students can make extensive use of a tablet device to enhance their learning opportunities without institutions changing their teaching methods or computer systems, but that institutional intervention may be needed to drive changes in student behavior toward the use of novel Web 2.0 technologies.

Neil Morris (University of Leeds); Luke Ramsay (University of Leeds); Vikesh Chauhan (University of Leeds)

2012-06-01

403

Encouraging undergraduate research: a digital image processing approach  

Microsoft Academic Search

In recent years, undergraduate research has gained significant attention in many computer science departments. There have been efforts to identify courses that could support undergraduate research activities. Some courses such as image processing provides excellent research opportunities to undergraduate students. However, in small and comprehensive schools there is little or no image processing research to support the course. This paper

Rahman Tashakkori

2005-01-01

404

Bringing Students out of the Classroom and into Research Projects: An Undergraduate Team Research (UTR) Program at the University of Southern California  

Microsoft Academic Search

In 2006, USC Earth Sciences professors Paterson and Anderson created the Undergraduate Team Research (UTR) program, a year-long, multidisciplinary, learner-centered, student research experience. This program is open to all USC undergraduate students, but has also involved a few outstanding undergraduate students from other universities. Since its inception the 47 participants have been a diverse group: 53% women, ~17% minorities, and

I. V. Cox; M. Quirk; K. N. Culbert; A. S. Whitesides; H. Sun; C. J. Black; W. Cao; T. Zhang; S. R. Paterson; V. Memeti; J. L. Anderson

2010-01-01

405

Nontraditional Students' Service Needs and Social Support Resources: A Pilot Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In response to a mail survey, 53 nontraditional undergraduates provided information about their reasons for reentering college, the likelihood of using services for nontraditional students, and sources of social support. Participants reported career, self-improvement, and family issues as primary reasons for reentry. They reported they would be…

Bauman, Stephanie San Miguel; Wang, Nina; DeLeon, Carrie Wester; Kafentzis, Judith; Zavala-Lopez, MariaAnita; Lindsey, Mary Sue

2004-01-01

406

Nontraditional Students' Service Needs and Social Support Resources: A Pilot Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In response to a mail survey, 53 nontraditional undergraduates provided information about their reasons for reentering college, the likelihood of using services for nontraditional students, and sources of social support. Participants reported career, self-improvement, and family issues as primary reasons for reentry. They reported they would be…

Bauman, Stephanie San Miguel; Wang, Nina; DeLeon, Carrie Wester; Kafentzis, Judith; Zavala-Lopez, MariaAnita; Lindsey, Mary Sue

2004-01-01

407

Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of the Young Schema Questionnaire (Short Form) in Chinese Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study investigated cross-cultural differences in the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Young Schema Questionnaire (short form; YSQ-SF). The participants were 712 Chinese undergraduate students. The total sample was randomly divided into two sub-samples. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) was conducted on questionnaire…

Cui, Lixia; Lin, Wenwen; Oei, Tian P. S.

2011-01-01

408

Examining the Relationships between Resilience, Mental Health, and Academic Persistence in Undergraduate College Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Objective: In this study, the relationships between measures of interpersonal resilience, intrapersonal resilience, and mental health were examined with respect to academic and social integration, key determinants of academic persistence. Participants: A sample (n = 605) of undergraduate students was recruited from 2 midwestern universities…

Hartley, Michael T.

2011-01-01

409

Values of Undergraduate Students and Faculty Members on Theoretical Orientations in Psychology.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Analyzes a study of the values of undergraduate students and faculty members in a university psychology department regarding theoretical orientations in psychology. The study used a Theoretical Orientation Survey (TOS) to measure the direction and/or strength of belief on eight dimensions considered important to most psychologists. These include…

King, David J.

1980-01-01

410

Drinking Game Participation among Undergraduate Students Attending National Alcohol Screening Day  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Objectives, Participants, Methods: Drinking game participation has increased in popularity among college students and is associated with increased alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems. The current study investigated drinking game participation among 133 undergraduates attending National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) in April of 2007.…

Cameron, Jennifer M.; Heidelberg, Natalie; Simmons, Lisa; Lyle, Sarah B.; Mitra-Varma, Kathakali; Correia, Chris

2010-01-01

411

The Development, Evaluation, and Validation of a Financial Stress Scale for Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Financial stress is commonly experienced among college students and is associated with adverse academic, mental health, and physical health outcomes. Surprisingly, no validated measures of financial stress have been developed for undergraduate populations. The present study was conducted to generate and evaluate a measure of financial stress for…

Northern, Jebediah J.; O'Brien, William H.; Goetz, Paul W.

2010-01-01

412

Independent Research Projects Using Protein Extraction: Affordable Ways to Inquire, Discover & Publish for Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes how to use protein extraction, quantification, and analysis in the undergraduate teaching laboratory to engage students in inquiry-based, discovery-driven learning. Detailed instructions for obtaining proteins from animal tissues, using BCA assay to quantify the proteins, and data analysis are provided. The experimental…

Pu, Rongsun

2010-01-01

413

Citation Behavior of Undergraduate Students: A Study of History, Political Science, and Sociology Papers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The goal of this analysis was to obtain local citation behavior data on undergraduates researching history, political science, and sociology papers. The study found that students cited books and journals even with the availability of web sources; however, usage varied by subject. References to specific websites' domains also varied across subject…

Hendley, Michelle

2012-01-01

414

Learning from the stories of successful undergraduate Latina\\/Latino students: the importance of mentoring  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of the present study was to review the stories of 13 academically successful Latino undergraduate students and explore the role that mentoring and sponsorship played in their lives. A qualitative analysis was conducted to examine the participants’ stories using two main descriptors of mentoring and sponsorship. Analyses indicated that participants engaged in more informal mentoring experiences in which

Carlos P. Zalaquett; Alana D. Lopez

2006-01-01

415

Academic and Work-Related Burnout: A Longitudinal Study of Working Undergraduate University Business Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

We examined the interaction between academic burnout and work-related burnout for a sample of working undergraduate university students. Using a longitudinal design we found that the factors of burnout (Exhaustion, Cynicism, and Efficacy) change significantly over the semester. In addition, the study suggests there are distinct differences in how academic burnout shifts over the semester versus work-related burnout. Whereas academic

Vasti Torres; Craig S. Galbraith; Gregory B. Merrill

2012-01-01

416

Academic and Work-Related Burnout: A Longitudinal Study of Working Undergraduate University Business Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|We examined the interaction between academic burnout and work-related burnout for a sample of working undergraduate university students. Using a longitudinal design we found that the factors of burnout (Exhaustion, Cynicism, and Efficacy) change significantly over the semester. In addition, the study suggests there are distinct differences in how…

Galbraith, Craig S.; Merrill, Gregory B.

2012-01-01

417

Teaching Simple Experimental Design to Undergraduates: Do Your Students Understand the Basics?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article provides instructors with guidelines for teaching simple experimental design for the comparison of two treatment groups. Two designs with specific examples are discussed along with common misconceptions that undergraduate students typically bring to the experiment design process. Features of experiment design that maximize power and…

Hiebert, Sara M.

2007-01-01

418

The Development, Evaluation, and Validation of a Financial Stress Scale for Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Financial stress is commonly experienced among college students and is associated with adverse academic, mental health, and physical health outcomes. Surprisingly, no validated measures of financial stress have been developed for undergraduate populations. The present study was conducted to generate and evaluate a measure of financial stress for…

Northern, Jebediah J.; O'Brien, William H.; Goetz, Paul W.

2010-01-01

419

Design of a Molecular Transport Laboratory for Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The project goal is to design a laboratory experience for undergraduate biomedical engineering students capable of demonstrating molecular transport mechanisms. The two transport methods of interest are diffusion and osmosis. To relate these methods to physiological processes, the proposed laboratory apparatus will be a model for both capillary filtration and cell membrane diffusion.

L. A. Steele; J. L. Cezeaux

2006-01-01

420

Design and Usability ofWeb-Based Serious Game for Taiwanese EFL Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

One area of research exploration is how English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Chinese undergraduates learn composition by employing digital learning websites as a cognitive tool. This study's main goal is to design an online case-based learning website employing the concepts of a serious game to motivate students EFL learning. The preinciples of a Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) and CBR website

Chiann-ru Song

2006-01-01

421

PLEASE PASS THE CAULIFLOWER: A RECIPE FOR INTRODUCING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TO BRAIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION  

Microsoft Academic Search

europhysiology\\/pathophysiology content is a frequent source of anxiety for undergraduate students and their instructors. This learning module supple- ments traditional lecture and overhead presentations to offer a novel, nonthreatening, and entertaining introduction to neuropathology. The module is based on a ridiculous analogy between the human brain and the cauliflower. This module has been used with both underclassmen and more advanced

Joan Masters; Margaret Christensen

422

The Values Profile of Nursing Undergraduate Students: Implications for Education and Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Values Scale results were compared for 152 nursing and 111 management undergraduates. Personal development and altruism were most important for nursing students, who had significantly lower means than the management sample on a t-test for lifestyle, advancement, autonomy, authority, creativity, economic, and risk values. (SK)

Thorpe, Karran; Loo, Robert

2003-01-01

423

Mobile Phone Applications in the University Classroom: Perceptions of Undergraduate Students in Jordan  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The primary purpose of this study is to determine the level of mobile phone applications in university classrooms in Jordan. A sample of 313 undergraduate students participated in the study by completing the researchers' designed questionnaire, which is composed of 13 items. The results of the study indicate that participants perceived a high…

Ashour, Rateb; Alzghool, Haneen; Iyadat, Yousef; Abu-Alruz, Jamal

2012-01-01

424

Instrumental Music Education Students' Perceptions of Tensions Experienced during Their Undergraduate Degree  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In response to recent concern regarding music education major retention and as an effort to contribute to the "lives of teachers" scholarship in music education, the primary research question for this study was: How do undergraduate students describe their lived experiences within the instrumental music education community? Data included a…

Conway, Colleen; Eros, John; Pellegrino, Kristen; West, Chad

2010-01-01

425

Teaching child and adolescent psychiatry to undergraduate medical students - A survey in German-speaking countries  

Microsoft Academic Search

OBJECTIVE: To conduct a survey about teaching child and adolescent psychiatry to undergraduate medical students in German-speaking countries. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to the 33 academic departments of child and adolescent psychiatry in Germany, Austria, and the German-speaking part of Switzerland. RESULTS: All departments responded. For teaching knowledge, the methods most commonly reported were lectures and case presentations. The

Reiner Frank; Florian Frank

2010-01-01

426

Affecting Factors and Outcome on Intermittent Internet Pulling Behavior in Taiwan's Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Nowadays people's lives heavily rely on Internet facilities. Internet users generally have constant Internet connectivity and intermittently click on sites they want to access even amidst studying or working. In this study, we sought to examine the factors affecting intermittent Internet pulling behavior on undergraduate students. Furthermore,…

Yang, Hui-Jen; Lay, Yun-Long

2011-01-01

427

Bacterial Production of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate): An Undergraduate Student Laboratory Experiment  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|As part of a multidisciplinary course that is cross-listed between five departments, we developed an undergraduate student laboratory experiment for culturing, isolating, and purifying the biopolymer, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), PHB. This biopolyester accumulates in the cytoplasm of bacterial cells under specific growth conditions, and it has…

Burns, Kristi L.; Oldham, Charlie D.; May, Sheldon W.

2009-01-01

428

Academic Motivation and Self-Regulation: A Comparative Analysis of Undergraduate and Graduate Students Learning Online  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

To succeed in autonomous online learning environments, it helps to be a highly motivated, self-regulated learner. The present study explored potential differences between undergraduate (n = 87) and graduate students (n = 107) in their levels of academic motivation and self-regulation while learning online. In particular, this study provides a…

Artino, Anthony R., Jr.; Stephens, Jason M.

2009-01-01

429

Effect of a Problem Based Simulation on the Conceptual Understanding of Undergraduate Science Education Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A study of the effect of science teaching with a multimedia simulation on water quality, the "River of Life," on the science conceptual understanding of students (N = 83) in an undergraduate science education (K-9) course is reported. Teaching reality-based meaningful science is strongly recommended by the National Science Education Standards…

Kumar, David Devraj; Sherwood, Robert D.

2007-01-01

430

Examining the Relationships Between Resilience, Mental Health, and Academic Persistence in Undergraduate College Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: In this study, the relationships between measures of interpersonal resilience, intrapersonal resilience, and mental health were examined with respect to academic and social integration, key determinants of academic persistence. Participants: A sample (n = 605) of undergraduate students was recruited from 2 midwestern universities during the 2007–2008 academic year. Methods: Hierarchal (or sequential) regression analysis examined whether the inter-

Michael T. Hartley

2011-01-01

431

The Impact of International Internships on Undergraduate College Students' Career Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In recent years, a growing number of undergraduate college and university students in the United States have sought international internships. A great deal has been written about internships as a form of experiential learning and a great deal has been written about international study abroad as a source for global learning, but there is limited…

Benedict-Augustine, Amy L.

2010-01-01

432

A case study of virtual circuit laboratory for undergraduate student courses  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study is to design and develop a Web based circuit virtual laboratory for undergraduate student courses, which can be treated as an accessorial tool for enhancing instruction. The study firstly reviews the general concept of virtual laboratory and some related works. Secondly, the design and development of the system framework of this circuit virtual laboratory is

Gu Rong; Zhu Miaoliang; Dong Yabo; Shi Dandan; Wang Yonggu

2005-01-01

433

Perspectives of South Korean Undergraduate Exchange Students Attending a University in the Southern United States  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This in-depth study examined the perspectives of 17 Korean undergraduate exchange students attending a U.S. southern university during the 2005-2006 school year. The struggles and frustrations they experienced; the difficulties they encountered socially, culturally, and academically; their contributions to the American academic community; and…

Yin, Lishu; Huang, Li-Ching; Hare, Dwight

2010-01-01

434

DefEX: Hands-On Cyber Defense Exercise for Undergraduate Students.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

DefEX incorporates a set of hands-on cyber security exercises aimed at developing problem-solving proficiency, teamwork, and cyber defense skills in undergraduate students. The exercises include Code-Level and System-Level Hardening, Static and Dynamic Re...

B. A. Kropa S. M. Glumich

2011-01-01

435

Creating tension: undergraduate student nurses’ responses to a problem-based learning curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Qualitative data were collected from undergraduate student nurses (n = 45) who were participating in a problem-based learning programme of education. Data analysis, using a modified grounded theory method, revealed that although it was perceived that there were considerable benefits to be gained from problem-based learning, there were also some disadvantages. A category that was labelled ‘creating tension’, which consisted

Francis Biley

1999-01-01

436

Physical Activity and the Common Cold in Undergraduate University Students: Implications for Health Professionals  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Objective: The common cold, known as upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), is the world's most prevalent illness. The purpose of this study was to determine if physical activity is linked to the incidence and/or duration of the common cold. Method: Undergraduate university students (n=200) were asked to complete two questionnaires. The…

Vossen, Deborah P.; McArel, Heather; Vossen, Jeffery F.; Thompson, Angela M.

2004-01-01

437

Using Student Learning and Development Outcomes to Evaluate a First-Year Undergraduate Group Video Project  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Students in an interdisciplinary undergraduate introductory course were required to complete a group video project focused on nutrition and healthy eating. A mixed-methods approach to data collection involved observing and rating video footage of group work sessions and individual and focus group interviews. These data were analyzed and used to…

Jensen, Murray; Mattheis, Allison; Johnson, Brady

2012-01-01

438

The Impact of International Internships on Undergraduate College Students' Career Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In recent years, a growing number of undergraduate college and university students in the United States have sought international internships. A great deal has been written about internships as a form of experiential learning and a great deal has been written about international study abroad as a source for global learning, but there is limited…

Benedict-Augustine, Amy L.

2010-01-01

439

The Influence of a Pilot Nutrition Education Program on Dietary Knowledge among Undergraduate College Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective and Participants: The objective of this study was to determine if a nutrition education program, Everyday Healthy Eating on Campus (EHEC), resulted in positive healthy eating perceptions and behaviors among 103 undergraduates. Methods: Students from eight dormitories (n = 42) and five classrooms (n = 61) completed a shortened Diet and Health Knowledge Survey (DHKS) prior to and one

Geraldine Napoleone Pires; Amy Pumerantz; Lawrence K. Silbart; Linda S. Pescatello

440

Embedding Information Literacy in an Undergraduate Management Degree: Lecturers' and Students' Perspectives  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper presents the results of a case study investigating the extent to which information literacy is integrated into student learning in an undergraduate Management degree at Queen's University Belfast. The first part of the paper focuses on how information literacy was embedded in two modules delivered by the author. An analysis of assessed…

Cochrane, Clive

2006-01-01

441

Quantitative Investigations of Biodiesel Fuel Using Infrared Spectroscopy: An Instrumental Analysis Experiment for Undergraduate Chemistry Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Biodiesel has gained attention in recent years as a renewable fuel source due to its reduced greenhouse gas and particulate emissions, and it can be produced within the United States. A laboratory experiment designed for students in an upper-division undergraduate laboratory is described to study biodiesel production and biodiesel mixing with…

Ault, Andrew P.; Pomeroy, Robert

2012-01-01

442

Curvilinear Relationships between Statistics Anxiety and Performance among Undergraduate Students: Evidence for Optimal Anxiety  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study examined the possibility of a curvilinear relationship between statistics anxiety and performance in a statistics course. Eighty-three undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory course completed measures of statistics anxiety and need for achievement at seven points during the semester in conjunction with six tests. Statistics…

Keeley, Jared; Zayac, Ryan; Correia, Christopher

2008-01-01

443

Drinking Game Participation among Undergraduate Students Attending National Alcohol Screening Day  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Objectives, Participants, Methods: Drinking game participation has increased in popularity among college students and is associated with increased alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems. The current study investigated drinking game participation among 133 undergraduates attending National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) in April of 2007.…

Cameron, Jennifer M.; Heidelberg, Natalie; Simmons, Lisa; Lyle, Sarah B.; Mitra-Varma, Kathakali; Correia, Chris

2010-01-01

444

The Challenges and Rewards of an International Undergraduate Student Learning Interaction in Geography  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In the spring of 2007, approximately 50 undergraduate introductory geography students in Papua New Guinea and the United States participated in a four-week international collaboration using the nationalism module available from the Association of American Geographers' Center for Global Geography Education. This paper reports on the challenges and…

Baiio, Wasang; Ray, Waverly C.

2011-01-01

445

Citation Behavior of Undergraduate Students: A Study of History, Political Science, and Sociology Papers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The goal of this analysis was to obtain local citation behavior data on undergraduates researching history, political science, and sociology papers. The study found that students cited books and journals even with the availability of web sources; however, usage varied by subject. References to specific websites' domains also varied across subject…

Hendley, Michelle

2012-01-01

446

Effect of a Problem Based Simulation on the Conceptual Understanding of Undergraduate Science Education Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|A study of the effect of science teaching with a multimedia simulation on water quality, the "River of Life," on the science conceptual understanding of students (N = 83) in an undergraduate science education (K-9) course is reported. Teaching reality-based meaningful science is strongly recommended by the National Science Education Standards…

Kumar, David Devraj; Sherwood, Robert D.

2007-01-01

447

Opinions regarding abortion among male Nigerian undergraduate students in the United States  

Microsoft Academic Search

Acculturation theory suggests that contemporary Africa has been experiencing sociocultural changes (opinions, beliefs, values, and so on) because of the impact of Western culture, especially through the exposure to Western eduction. Based on first?hand data on 117 male Nigerian students attending American colleges and universities at the undergraduate level, the issue of abortion is raised in terms of (1) whether

Akin Adebayo; Fatima Nassif

1985-01-01

448

Is a Basketball Free-Throw Sequence Nonrandom? A Group Exercise for Undergraduate Statistics Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|I describe a group exercise that I give to my undergraduate biostatistics class. The exercise involves analyzing a series of 200 consecutive basketball free-throw attempts to determine whether there is any evidence for sequential dependence in the probability of making a free-throw. The students are given the exercise before they have learned…

Adolph, Stephen C.

2007-01-01

449

Bibliographic Management Software: A Focus Group Study of the Preferences and Practices of Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|With the growing population of undergraduate students on our campus and an increased focus on their success, librarians at a large midwestern university were interested in the citation management styles of this university cohort. Our university library spends considerable resources each year to maintain and promote access to the robust…

Salem, Jamie; Fehrmann, Paul

2013-01-01

450

ENHANCING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF MULTIMEDIA LEARNING THEORIES TO UNDERGRADUATE MANUFACTURING COURSES  

Microsoft Academic Search

A problem associated with getting students to participate more fully in certain engineering courses, is the imposition, by many university administration's, on the availability of time and resources which can be expended within an undergraduate programme. In an attempt to overcome this problem, this paper investigates the use of multimedia and computer technology in the delivery of complex non-quantitative topics

Martin McCarthy; Des Tedford; Rainer Seidel

451

The Values Profile of Nursing Undergraduate Students: Implications for Education and Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Values Scale results were compared for 152 nursing and 111 management undergraduates. Personal development and altruism were most important for nursing students, who had significantly lower means than the management sample on a t-test for lifestyle, advancement, autonomy, authority, creativity, economic, and risk values. (SK)|

Thorpe, Karran; Loo, Robert

2003-01-01

452

Faculty as Undergraduate Research Mentors for Students of Color: Taking into Account the Costs  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article is based on the findings of a 2-year study that examined the nature of effective faculty/student undergraduate research (UR) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) relationships. The study site was a large urban public college where three fourths of all incoming freshmen receive need-based aid; and although not a…

Schwartz, Joni

2012-01-01

453

Faculty as Undergraduate Research Mentors for Students of Color: Taking into Account the Costs  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article is based on the findings of a 2-year study that examined the nature of effective faculty/student undergraduate research (UR) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) relationships. The study site was a large urban public college where three fourths of all incoming freshmen receive need-based aid; and although not a…

Schwartz, Joni

2012-01-01

454

The effects of aesthetic and efferent teaching approaches on undergraduate students’ responses to literature  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of efferent and aesthetic teaching approaches on undergraduate students’ responses to literature. Two classes received intensive instruction on Rosenblatt's concept of efferent and aesthetic stances throughout one semester and had multiple opportunities both in class and on assignments to respond both efferently and aesthetically to numerous literary works. However, one

Donna L. Wiseman; Joyce E. Many

1991-01-01

455

The Relationship between Personality Types A and B and Academic Dishonesty of Undergraduate and Graduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Since 1941, academic dishonesty has been recognized in the professional literature as a serious problem. Personality Types A and B have been suspected as contributors to cheating. In this quasi-experimental study, undergraduate and graduate students (N = 112) at one academic institution were surveyed about their attitudes and cheating behavior.…

Thorne-Figueroa, Jacqueline Marie

2010-01-01

456

Differences in Knowledge Networks about Acids and Bases of Year-12, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Chemistry Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Differences in the status of ontological categories on the concept maps of secondary-, undergraduate- and graduate-level chemistry students were analyzed with the "Pathfinder" scaling algorithm and multidimensional scaling. Results indicate differences among groups in the structural significance of abstract process-related nodes and…

Wilson, Janice M.

1998-01-01

457

Mobile Phone Applications in the University Classroom: Perceptions of Undergraduate Students in Jordan  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The primary purpose of this study is to determine the level of mobile phone applications in university classrooms in Jordan. A sample of 313 undergraduate students participated in the study by completing the researchers' designed questionnaire, which is composed of 13 items. The results of the study indicate that participants perceived a high…

Ashour, Rateb; Alzghool, Haneen; Iyadat, Yousef; Abu-Alruz, Jamal

2012-01-01

458

Teaching Molecular Biology to Undergraduate Biology Students: An Illustration of Protein Expression and Purification  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Practical classes on protein expression and purification were given to undergraduate biology students enrolled in the elective course "Introduction to Genetic Engineering." The heterologous expression of the green fluorescent protein (GFP)* of "Aequorea victoria" is an interesting system for didactic purposes because it can be viewed easily…

Sommer, Cesar Adolfo; Silva, Flavio Henrique; Novo, Maria Teresa Marques

2004-01-01

459

Predictive Factors of Premedical Student Retention and Degree Completion within a Private Undergraduate University  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Undergraduate retention and eventual graduation is of paramount importance to universities globally. Approximately 58% of students who began their college career at a four-year institution with the intention of receiving a bachelor's degree actually received that degree in a 6-year timeframe, according to the National Center for Education…

Carter, Frances E.

2010-01-01

460

Comparisons among homophobic reactions of undergraduates, high school students, and young offenders  

Microsoft Academic Search

To re?examine the relationships among gender, age, education, and anti?homosexual prejudice, homophobic reactions of undergraduates (n = 97), high school students (n = 40), and young offenders (n = 37) were compared on five variables: cognition (Modified Attitudes Toward Homosexuality Scale, Price, 1982); homophobic guilt, homophobic anger, and delight (Affective Reactions to Homosexuality Scale, Van de Ven, Bornholt, & Bailey,

Paul Van de Ven

1994-01-01

461

An Undergraduate Student of Color on the Study of Success in STEM  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In this chapter, the author looks back at his undergraduate experiences and ahead to his own future as an education researcher. He also offers recommendations for future research on students of color in STEM. His suggested topics of research include: (1) the factors that compel racial minorities to choose STEM majors; (2) the learning and…

Williams, Bobby R.

2010-01-01

462

Exploring Factors Affecting Undergraduate Medical Students' Study Strategies in the Clinical Years: A Qualitative Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The aim of this study is to explore the effects of clinical supervision, and assessment characteristics on the study strategies used by undergraduate medical students during their clinical rotations. We conducted a qualitative phenomenological study at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi…

Al Kadri, Hanan M. F.; Al-Moamary, Mohamed S.; Elzubair, Margaret; Magzoub, Mohi Eldien; AlMutairi, Abdulrahman; Roberts, Christopher; van der Vleuten, Cees

2011-01-01

463

Perspectives of South Korean Undergraduate Exchange Students Attending a University in the Southern United States  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This in-depth study examined the perspectives of 17 Korean undergraduate exchange students attending a U.S. southern university during the 2005-2006 school year. The struggles and frustrations they experienced; the difficulties they encountered socially, culturally, and academically; their contributions to the American academic community; and…

Yin, Lishu; Huang, Li-Ching; Hare, Dwight

2010-01-01

464

Multiple Health Behaviors and Psychological Well-Being of Chinese Female Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study examined Chinese female college students' multiple health behaviors, their quality of life, and mental and psychological well-being and compared that with American counterparts. A convenience sample of 293 female undergraduates participated in the study during spring 2010, in Eastern China. A traditional self-report paper-pencil…

Bian, Hui; Wu, Jingjin; Li, Yan; Largo-Wight, Erin

2012-01-01

465

Student Perspectives on Enrolling in Undergraduate Forestry Degree Programs in the United States  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Undergraduate U.S. forestry degree programs experienced a steady decline in enrollments over a decade beginning in the mid-1990s. This decline prompted a survey of students enrolled in these programs to determine what factors led to their decisions to matriculate there and conversely, what may have made them hesitant to do so. The sample…

Sharik, Terry L.; Frisk, Stacey L.

2011-01-01

466

Trends in Alcohol Consumption among Undergraduate Students at a Northeastern Public University, 2002-2008  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Objective: This study examined alcohol consumption patterns and trends at a public university in the Northeast from 2002 to 2008. Participants: Stratified random sampling was used to select undergraduate students enrolled in courses during spring semesters in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008. Methods: Data were collected during regularly scheduled…

Bulmer, Sandra Minor; Irfan, Syed; Mugno, Raymond; Barton, Barbara; Ackerman, Louise

2010-01-01

467

Cooperative Learning, Jigsaw Strategies, and Reflections of Graduate and Undergraduate Education Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Classes of undergraduate and graduate students assigned to three professors were used to experience cooperative learning, jigsaw strategies, and to reflect on the process that occurred over a semester. The work is based upon theories of social interdependence, cognitive development, and behavioral learning. Pre- and post surveys were completed by…

Morgan, Bobbette M.; Rodriguez, Alma D.; Rosenberg, Graciela P.

2008-01-01

468

Prevalence and Motives for Illicit Use of Prescription Stimulants in an Undergraduate Student Sample.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|To assess the prevalence and motives for illicit use of prescription stimulants and alcohol and other drugs (AODs), associated with these motives, the authors distributed a self-administered Web survey TO a random sample of 9,161 undergraduate college students. Of the study participants, 8.1% reported lifetime and 5.4% reported past-year illicit…

Teter, Christian J.; McCabe, Sean Esteban; Cranford, James A.; Boyd, Carol J.; Guthrie, Sally K.

2005-01-01

469

Animal Use, Student Choice, and Non-Animal Alternatives at "America's Best" Undergraduate Colleges  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Chairs at 262 prominent U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities (75% response rate) completed a questionnaire about animal use, student choice policies, and alternatives to the use of animals in undergraduate psychology education. Results indicated that a majority of institutions used animals in teaching, only a minority had choice policies…

Cunningham, Paul F.

2003-01-01

470

The Inextricability of Identity, Participation, and Math Learning among Latino/a Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study holistically explores the experiences of two Latino/a undergraduate freshman pursuing or interested in pursuing STEM majors as they engage in an Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) Calculus I workshop; a mathematical community of practice recognized for assisting culturally diverse student groups in realizing mathematical success. The study…

Oppland, Sarah Beth

2010-01-01

471

Students' Self-Reported Changes in Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Associated with Three Undergraduate Science Experiences  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Study abroad is the latest "must have" experience for undergraduate students according to an article in the November 4, 2007 "New York Times" (Pappano, 2007). University mission statements increasingly emphasize internationalization and employers increasingly seek graduates with experience in the global arena. This focus on international…

Bender, Carol; Wright, David; Lopatto, David

2009-01-01

472

Instrumental Music Education Students' Perceptions of Tensions Experienced during Their Undergraduate Degree  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In response to recent concern regarding music education major retention and as an effort to contribute to the "lives of teachers" scholarship in music education, the primary research question for this study was: How do undergraduate students describe their lived experiences within the instrumental music education community? Data included a…

Conway, Colleen; Eros, John; Pellegrino, Kristen; West, Chad

2010-01-01

473

Assessing the self?esteem of female undergraduate students: an issue of methodology  

Microsoft Academic Search

For many students, embarking on higher education can pose particular threats and challenges, not only to academic identity, but also to fundamental, personal aspects of the self. This paper reports a methodological study that employed quantitative and qualitative research methods to explore the impact on the sense of self and self?esteem of a group of female first?year undergraduates. Results from

Wendy M. Knightley; Denise M. Whitelock

2007-01-01

474

Undergraduate Students' Self-Regulated Learning Experience in Web-Based Learning Environments  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This phenomenological study explored 5 undergraduate students' experiences in a Web-based general science course through the lens of social cognitive theory. Thematic analysis was used to examine their self-regulated learning (SRL). Our findings revealed that the participants exerted a variety of SRL strategies in the Web-based learning…

Hsu, Yu-Chang; Ching, Yu-Hui; Mathews, Jonathan P.; Carr-Chellman, Alison

2009-01-01

475

Taking Flexible and Diverse Approaches to Get Undergraduate Students Interested in Cryptography Course  

Microsoft Academic Search

With the extensive application of cryptography technologies in our lives, cryptography course has been paid more attention to in many universities. The contents of cryptography course are profound and complicated, so it becomes quite hard for some undergraduate students with less mathematical background. In addition to, the class hours have not enough and experimental condition is very poor in some

Xiulli Song; Hongyao Deng

2009-01-01

476

Academic Motivation and Self-Regulation: A Comparative Analysis of Undergraduate and Graduate Students Learning Online  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|To succeed in autonomous online learning environments, it helps to be a highly motivated, self-regulated learner. The present study explored potential differences between undergraduate (n = 87) and graduate students (n = 107) in their levels of academic motivation and self-regulation while learning online. In particular, this study provides a…

Artino, Anthony R., Jr.; Stephens, Jason M.

2009-01-01

477

Neuroscience Workshops for Fifth-Grade School Children by Undergraduate Students: A University-School Partnership  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The National Science Education Standards recommend that science be taught using inquiry-based approaches. Inspired by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, we examined whether undergraduate students could learn how to conduct field research by teaching elementary school children basic neuroscience concepts in interactive workshops. In an…

Foy, Judith G.; Feldman, Marissa; Lin, Edward; Mahoney, Margaret; Sjoblom, Chelsea

2006-01-01

478

Independent Research Projects Using Protein Extraction: Affordable Ways to Inquire, Discover & Publish for Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This article describes how to use protein extraction, quantification, and analysis in the undergraduate teaching laboratory to engage students in inquiry-based, discovery-driven learning. Detailed instructions for obtaining proteins from animal tissues, using BCA assay to quantify the proteins, and data analysis are provided. The experimental…

Pu, Rongsun

2010-01-01

479

SCALE-UP: Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) Project has established a model for a highly collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning environment for large-enrollment courses. This site contains information about and results from the project. More information and resources are available for instructors thinking of adopting these techniques in their class.

2008-08-09

480

The Inextricability of Identity, Participation, and Math Learning among Latino/a Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study holistically explores the experiences of two Latino/a undergraduate freshman pursuing or interested in pursuing STEM majors as they engage in an Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) Calculus I workshop; a mathematical community of practice recognized for assisting culturally diverse student groups in realizing mathematical success. The…

Oppland, Sarah Beth

2010-01-01

481

Drinking Motivations and Experiences of Unwanted Sexual Advances among Undergraduate Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study examined the relationship between drinking motivations and college students' experiences with unwanted sexual advances. Undergraduates, from a public university in the mid-Atlantic region, who reported recent (30 day) alcohol use (n = 289) completed an online survey midway through the spring 2007 academic semester. Experiencing an…

Novik, Melinda G.; Howard, Donna E.; Boekeloo, Bradley O.

2011-01-01

482

Examination stress as an ecological inducer of cortisol and psychological responses to stress in undergraduate students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of the present study was to investigate basic methodological issues related to the usage of an examination stress protocol in studies of psychoneuroendocrinology. In the present study, 57 undergraduate students served as participants. All subjects provided salivary samples and completed psychological inventories during a low examination stress period and again during a high examination stress period. Salivary samples

Nicole Weekes; Richard Lewis; Falgooni Patel; Jared Garrison-Jakel; Dale E. Berger; Sonia J. Lupien

2006-01-01

483

Drinking Game Participation Among Undergraduate Students Attending National Alcohol Screening Day  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objectives, Participants, Methods: Drinking game participation has increased in popularity among college students and is associated with increased alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems. The current study investigated drinking game participation among 133 undergraduates attending National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) in April of 2007. Results: A large percentage of the sample reported lifetime (77%) and recent (52%) drinking game participation. Males

Jennifer M. Cameron; Natalie Heidelberg; Lisa Simmons; Sarah B. Lyle; Kathakali Mitra-Varma; Chris Correia

2010-01-01

484

Trends in Alcohol Consumption Among Undergraduate Students at a Northeastern Public University, 2002–2008  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: This study examined alcohol consumption patterns and trends at a public university in the Northeast from 2002 to 2008. Participants: Stratified random sampling was used to select undergraduate students enrolled in courses during spring semesters in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008. Methods: Data were collected during regularly scheduled classes for 4 measures of alcohol consumption and 5 demographic categories

Sandra Minor Bulmer; Syed Irfan; Raymond Mugno; Barbara Barton; Louise Ackerman

2010-01-01

485

An Online Elective Course for Undergraduate Students on Common Prescription Medications  

PubMed Central

Objectives To design, implement, and evaluate an online elective course on common prescription medications for undergraduate (pre- and non-health professional) students. Design An 8-module online course on common prescription medications was designed following the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) instructional design model and offered to students for 8 consecutive semesters. Assessment Following each offering, performance data were analyzed and a course review conducted, including evaluation of entrance survey data and course evaluations. Direct analysis of data over 2 offerings and grade distribution comparisons over all 8 offerings, demonstrated consistent knowledge gains. Feedback from course evaluations and a continual increase in enrollment over the 8 semesters indicated student satisfaction with the course. Conclusion Systematic design and quality assurance/improvement strategies resulted in the successful establishment of an online pharmacotherapy course for undergraduate, nonpharmacy students.

Janke, Kristin K.; Bumgardner, Melissa A.

2009-01-01

486

Perceptions of drugs benefits and barriers to quit by undergraduate health students.  

PubMed

Several studies have exposed the consumption of drugs by undergraduate students in the health area, who are supposed to be examples of behavior and health educators. This descriptive correlation study aimed to relate the benefits of tobacco consumption and barriers to quit according to the perception of undergraduate students. Eighty third-year students, in three different courses, answered a self-applied questionnaire. The studied variables were: consumption conditions, barriers and benefits regarding drug consumption, family and personal characteristics. One-third of the students reported tobacco use; 5% reported the use of marijuana; 15% alcohol and 6% tranquilizers, more than once a month; 18% reported the consumption of tobacco and 13% reported the use of alcohol even before the age of 15. The perceived benefits were: relaxation, pleasure and social acceptance, whereas barriers for quitting were: habituation and addiction. According to the results, promoting self-responsibility of these future health professionals is recommended in their educational context. PMID:18709285

Henriquéz, Patricia Cid; Carvalho, Ana Maria Pimenta de

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Plastic surgery in the undergraduate curriculum: the importance of considering students' perceptions.  

PubMed

As the undergraduate medical curriculum becomes increasingly crowded the competition for time inevitably increases and surgical specialties have decreasing representation. Plastic surgery is regarded with some confusion in terms of its relevance to the generic doctor. Plastic surgeons have no doubt about the relevance of the specialty to undergraduates. Others see this as a very technical specialty dealing with complex reconstructions and surgical interventions or, as a rather indulgent specialty focusing mainly on glamour and cosmesis. This study focuses on students' perceptions of an undergraduate teaching program in plastic surgery. The reality is that highly pressured undergraduates do not have the luxury of time to consider the finer details of the specialties to which they are exposed. Their priority is to pass their examinations and, having addressed that concern, further information becomes an acceptable bonus. The conclusion is that if plastic surgeons are going to gain greater involvement in the undergraduate curriculum they must start with involvement in examinations and assessments. The students will then ensure that adequate and appropriate teaching time is allocated. PMID:15544776

Burd, Andrew; Chiu, Tor; McNaught, Carmel

2004-12-01

488

Mini skirts and headscarves: undergraduate student perceptions of secularism in Turkish higher education  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article is based on a qualitative study that examines the perceptions of advanced undergraduate students in five Turkish\\u000a state universities regarding their understanding of the concept of secularism and its manifestation within the higher education\\u000a sector. The study further illuminates these students’ perspectives of how the university may change in relation to their understanding\\u000a of secularism. This inquiry was

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela; Fatma Nevra Seggie

2008-01-01

489

Problem-Based Learning (PBL): Conceptions and Approaches of Undergraduate Students of Nursing  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: A study aimed at exploring the variation in conceptions of problem-based learning (PBL) held by undergraduate nursing\\u000a students and their approaches to study in PBL in a pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing Course.\\u000a \\u000a Method: Students were asked to respond to four open ended questions which focussed on their experience of PBL in a particular\\u000a subject. Data were analysed in two

Maxine Duke; Helen Forbes; Sue Hunter; Michael Prosser

1998-01-01

490

The Arecibo Remote Command Center: Undergraduate and High School Students Exploring Astrophysics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The University of Texas-Brownsville (UTB) is home to the Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC). The ARCC is a virtual control room where researchers and undergraduate students_with the assistance of local high school students_control in real time the Arecibo Observatory_the world's largest single dish radio telescope. This poster presents a general outline of ARCC programs and recent accomplishments.

Miller, Andy

2012-01-01

491

Psychometric Analysis of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire in Taiwanese Undergraduate Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ; Peterson\\u000a et al. in J Happiness Stud 6(1):25–41, 2005) in Taiwanese students. The participants were 578 undergraduate students (Mage = 18.64, SD = 1.02) and completed the OHQ, satisfaction with life scale (Diener et al. in J Personality Assess 49:71–75,\\u000a 1985), and subjective happiness. Confirmation factor

Lung Hung Chen; Ying-Mei Tsai; Mei-Yen Chen

2010-01-01

492

Self-Reported History of Childhood Maltreatment and Codependency in Undergraduate Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The present study investigated the relationship between self-reported history of child abuse, neglect, and codependency in a sample of undergraduate nursing students. One hundred and two upper-division nursing students attending a medium-sized regional public university in the Southeast completed a four-part questionnaire containing the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form (CTQ), the Psychological Maltreatment Inventory (PMI) and the Codependency Assessment Tool (CODAT).

Nancy Dodge Reyome; Karen S. Ward

2007-01-01

493

The Effects of a Restorative Intervention on Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Capacity to Direct Attention  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose:The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a restorative intervention on undergraduate nursing students’ capacity to direct attention.Method:Kaplan and Kaplan’s attention restoration theory, which describes and links concepts of directed attention, attention fatigue, and restorative environments, formed the theoretical basis for this research. A convenience sample consisted of 33 students randomly assigned to nonintervention and intervention

Kristen Lethbridge; Dawn Yankou; Mary-Anne Andrusyszyn

2005-01-01

494

Strategies for Embedding Scholarship in the Educational Experiences of Engineering Technology Undergraduate Students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The hallmark of Engineering Technology (ET) programs is its student-centered curriculum and hands-on approach to teaching. Many institutions with ET programs now require scholarship of their ET faculty in addition to their teaching duties. In many institutions that have always emphasized scholarship and research, undergraduate student education has often times taken a back seat to research. The question that arises for ET programs as we begin to engage in scholarly activities is: how do we insure that ET scholarship is student-centered similar to ET teaching and curriculum? The benefits of scholarship to ET students include enhancement of their critical thinking, innovative, lifelong learning skills, skills that many ET employers today are looking for in our students. In this paper, the author examines issues relating to the importance of scholarship to ET undergraduate students, barriers to ET student scholarship, mechanisms for embedding scholarship in the ET curriculum, resources required to facilitate ET student scholarship, and feedback from ET student scholars who recently worked on a scholarly project with the author. The author concludes that embedding scholarship in the ET curriculum is very desirable and suggests some ways and means to facilitate and nurture student scholarship in ET.

Aghayere, Abi

2009-08-27

495

Supporting the Students of the Future  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Underprepared students come to community colleges and many four-year colleges because they have hope for a better life and the courage to attempt something difficult. But having dreams and aspirations is not enough: Without some sort of intervention and support, a student's chances of completing college are poor. Many challenged students

Navarro, Diego

2012-01-01

496

Industry-Supported Team Students' Projects.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The industry-supported team students' project enhances professional, intellectual, and personal development of students while addressing the needs of local industry. In addition to achieving academic excellence, the students are exposed to industry requirements, and excel in effective oral communication and cooperative teamwork. The teamwork…

Glozman, Vladimir

497

Industry-Supported Team Students' Projects.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The industry-supported team students' project enhances professional, intellectual, and personal development of students while addressing the needs of local industry. In addition to achieving academic excellence, the students are exposed to industry requirements, and excel in effective oral communication and cooperative teamwork. The teamwork…

Glozman, Vladimir

498

Best Practices in Organizing a Cadre of Undergraduate Science Outreach Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Engaging future scientists, while they are undergraduates, in education and public outreach is an effective strategy for ensuring future participation in high-quality education and public outreach. Since 2003, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory has organized undergraduate science students for education and public outreach work. This outreach cadre has proven remarkably successful at running star parties, working with schools and afterschool programs such as at the Boys and Girls Clubs, conducting special projects related to Spanish language astronomy education materials, and in building kits for use in outreach. They have also done programs with portable planetariums and have even fixed a planetarium projector. Students have also played integral roles in several NSF-funded education projects such as Hands-On Optics. We explain our model for recruiting, training, and organizing our team of 5-7 students. These students are paid for their work but also are mentored in science, their coursework, and in other skills critical for professional success. Notably, a large number of these students have gone on to pursue graduate work. We also describe our use of undergraduate students who participated in our outreach work as part of the Collaboration to Advance Teaching Technology and Science NSF GK-12 project.

Pompea, S. M.; Walker, C. E.; Sparks, R.

2011-12-01

499

Exploring factors affecting attrition of male students from an undergraduate nursing course: a qualitative study.  

PubMed

This article reports the findings of a qualitative study that investigated the factors influencing both the academic and clinical practice performance of undergraduate male nursing students at a regional Australian university. The impetus for the study evolved from the recognition that, despite increasing numbers of males choosing to undertake nursing as a career, attrition by males from nursing courses continues to be problematic. In a profession that is hallmarked by critical staff shortages, it was viewed as important to investigate reasons contributing to the attrition of male nursing students enrolled in undergraduate nursing courses. The informants for the research were eight male nursing students enrolled internally in the Bachelor of Nursing course at a regional university in Australia. Data were collected using in-depth interviews and written narratives in the form of a diary. Data were analysed using thematic analysis, the findings revealing that male nursing students face particular challenges from an academic and clinical practice perspective during their university experience. For example, themes identified from interviews and narratives highlighted the fact that there is a tendency for male nursing students to feel isolated and excluded from an academic and clinical perspective. As well as this, the informants in this study clearly highlighted their preference for engaging in the technical aspects of nursing. The implications for nurse educators are emphasized and from this, educational strategies are suggested to facilitate the retention of male nursing students in undergraduate nursing courses. PMID:16887238

Stott, Amanda

2006-08-02

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The Annotated Bibliography and Citation Behavior: Enhancing Student Scholarship in an Undergraduate Biology Course  

PubMed Central

Contemporary undergraduates in the biological sciences have unprecedented access to scientific information. Although many of these students may be savvy technologists, studies from the field of library and information science consistently show that undergraduates often struggle to locate, evaluate, and use high-quality, reputable sources of information. This study demonstrates the efficacy and pedagogical value of a collaborative teaching approach designed to enhance information literacy competencies among undergraduate biology majors who must write a formal scientific research paper. We rely on the triangulation of assessment data to determine the effectiveness of a substantial research paper project completed by students enrolled in an upper-level biology course. After enhancing library-based instruction, adding an annotated bibliography requirement, and using multiple assessment techniques, we show fundamental improvements in students' library research abilities. Ultimately, these improvements make it possible for students to more independently and effectively complete this challenging science-based writing assignment. We document critical information literacy advances in several key areas: student source-type use, annotated bibliography enhancement, plagiarism reduction, as well as student and faculty/librarian satisfaction.

Rux, Erika M.; Flaspohler, John A.

2007-01-01