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The purpose of this paper was to understand whether the long‐held beliefs about the importance of mentoring would be revealed as what actually occurs in an undergraduate research program. The authors describe students’ perceptions of the mentoring process and students’ beliefs about how it impacted their experiences as undergraduate researchers and their development as scientists. The authors also described are professors’ perceptions of their roles and effectiveness as mentors in students’ development as scientists. As this grounded research study shows, students and professors described student gains as increased technical expertise and communication skills.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2011
In this article, the authors describe the challenge of teaching action research within the context of an undergraduate community health psychology module. The module was designed using principles from transformative learning, critical pedagogy and action learning. The module took place over one semester; and 15 students participated in the module. The authors reflect upon the students' experiences in the module and the learning outcomes. The authors conclude by addressing the major challenges involved in teaching action research to increase critical understanding.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011
Peer Feedback in an Undergraduate Programme: Using Action Research to Overcome Students' Reluctance to Criticise
Within an undergraduate programme, a four-year action research project implemented, evaluated and refined a regime of peer assessment focused on generating high-quality peer feedback. Changes in structure and process transformed a system that had initially been characterised by a reluctance to criticise fellow students into one that produced immediate, reflective and useful peer feedback. The two key factors in this transformation appear to be: making peer assessment openly and exclusively formative; and vesting ownership of all data generated by the process in the student being assessed.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010