Introducing Research to Undergraduates: Peer to Peer learning

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Abstract

It is well established that research-led teaching does benefit student learning and outcomes, and also enhances teaching. It is also well established that students engaged in research at an early stage can perform better academically and personally. In fact it has been stated that “undergraduate research is the pedagogy for the 21st century”.
The purpose of this paper is manifold: 1. To establish a strategy that motivates, introduces and teaches students how to do research, 2. To investigate how postgraduates can support these students and how they can benefit.

The idea is to develop initially a non-award bearing unit that introduces undergraduates to research and to make the process sustainable by using willing postgraduate students. This could be extended to other disciplines in engineering. This unit will be put into place and managed by an academic and mainly run by postgraduate and undergraduate project students.

After running this project for 6 months it has been found that the term “research” is either not well understood by some postgraduate students and researchers or they have difficulty in defining it. The second finding was that students became more confident and motivated.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2018
EventEnhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference - University of Bristol, Bristol
Duration: 11 Jul 201812 Jul 2018

Conference

ConferenceEnhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference
CityBristol
Period11/07/1812/07/18

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