Presentation Title

Creating the Curious Classroom: Promoting a Research Mindset in a First-Year Living-Learning Community

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-104

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

Student Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURFers) compose an interdisciplinary Living-Learning Community at California State University, Channel Islands. First-year college students take linked courses organized around 1) developing the traits of successful researchers (e.g., curiosity and creativity) and, 2) the CSU Channel Islands Research Station on Santa Rosa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park in the Pacific Ocean west of Ventura County. The Santa Rosa Island Research Station is operated in conjunction with the National Park Service. SURFers are engaged in several projects that allow them to develop research-related skills with a focus on Santa Rosa Island: 1) conducting oral histories with researchers who frequently visit the Islands, 2) using photos to document the recovery of Island ecosystems, 3) creating an ethnology of island visitors through analysis of written records left behind by visitors. All of these data are being digitized, described, and preserved in an online content management system that allows researchers access to these unique research assets. Access to these documents will allow others to examine how Undergraduate Students work in a research setting, specifically centered around the California Channel Islands. Documenting the experiences of the students in the SURF cohort allows for further development of the SURF program and may influence and inform other Higher Education Institutions, providing a model for developing similar programs themselves.

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Creating the Curious Classroom: Promoting a Research Mindset in a First-Year Living-Learning Community

HUB 302-104

Student Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURFers) compose an interdisciplinary Living-Learning Community at California State University, Channel Islands. First-year college students take linked courses organized around 1) developing the traits of successful researchers (e.g., curiosity and creativity) and, 2) the CSU Channel Islands Research Station on Santa Rosa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park in the Pacific Ocean west of Ventura County. The Santa Rosa Island Research Station is operated in conjunction with the National Park Service. SURFers are engaged in several projects that allow them to develop research-related skills with a focus on Santa Rosa Island: 1) conducting oral histories with researchers who frequently visit the Islands, 2) using photos to document the recovery of Island ecosystems, 3) creating an ethnology of island visitors through analysis of written records left behind by visitors. All of these data are being digitized, described, and preserved in an online content management system that allows researchers access to these unique research assets. Access to these documents will allow others to examine how Undergraduate Students work in a research setting, specifically centered around the California Channel Islands. Documenting the experiences of the students in the SURF cohort allows for further development of the SURF program and may influence and inform other Higher Education Institutions, providing a model for developing similar programs themselves.