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How do our students do research-based assignments?

March 13, 2012, 12:00 to 2:00 pm


What really happens between the time when you assign a research paper and when it is handed in to you by a student? In this presentation, Maura Smale (New York City College of Technology) and Mariana Regalado (Brooklyn College)share results from their study of undergraduate scholarly habits at six CUNY colleges including Hunter College. Data gathered via interviews, photo surveys,and mapping diaries reveal much about student writing and response to research assignments, and students’ experiences with and ideas about academic support.

A follow-up discussion will consider the following:

  • What kinds of support for research and writing do students take advantage of and what do they wish for?
  • How do students describe their engagement with research assignments?
  • Where do faculty and student expectations for research assignments align, and where is there friction?
  • Is it possible to shift student perception of their success and challenges in completing research assignments?