Presentation Title

Creating the Curious Classroom: Promoting Student Success through Curiosity, Inquiry, Creativity, & Discovery

Faculty Mentor

Sean Kelly

Start Date

17-11-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 1:45 PM

Location

C164

Session

Oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

education

Abstract

Creating the Curious Classroom: Promoting Student Success through Curiosity, Inquiry, Creativity, & Discovery

Student Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) is a first-year living-learning community focused on curiosity, inquiry, discovery, and creativity. First-year students at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) engage in interdisciplinary research supported by an embedded peer mentor (Research Ambassador) that focuses on transitioning to college and helps mentor their research projects. An interdisciplinary research course is paired with the required General Education English and public speaking courses to develop students’ ability to present research. SURF is intended to help students develop a “research mindset” that is valuable as they move into their major-specific training in the Sophomore through Senior years. First established in 2015, the first cohort of SURF students graduates from CI in Spring 2019. This research draws on the experiences of three SURF cohorts to determine whether the SURF experience resulted in enhanced academic outcomes, persistence in college, and higher levels of self-esteem and a stronger connection to the university. We use oral history interviews with past SURF participants, and non-participants, to measure the impact of the program at each point in students’ development. Using quantitative data collected by our faculty mentor, we are able to analyze data on persistence and grades compared to the general student body. We conclude that a focus on research has two benefits: 1) it improves academic outcomes for students, and 2) it helps to achieve important institutional goals like retention and graduation.

Summary of research results to be presented

We conclude that a focus on research has two benefits: 1) it improves academic outcomes for students, and 2) it helps to achieve important institutional goals like retention and graduation.

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Nov 17th, 1:30 PM Nov 17th, 1:45 PM

Creating the Curious Classroom: Promoting Student Success through Curiosity, Inquiry, Creativity, & Discovery

C164

Creating the Curious Classroom: Promoting Student Success through Curiosity, Inquiry, Creativity, & Discovery

Student Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) is a first-year living-learning community focused on curiosity, inquiry, discovery, and creativity. First-year students at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) engage in interdisciplinary research supported by an embedded peer mentor (Research Ambassador) that focuses on transitioning to college and helps mentor their research projects. An interdisciplinary research course is paired with the required General Education English and public speaking courses to develop students’ ability to present research. SURF is intended to help students develop a “research mindset” that is valuable as they move into their major-specific training in the Sophomore through Senior years. First established in 2015, the first cohort of SURF students graduates from CI in Spring 2019. This research draws on the experiences of three SURF cohorts to determine whether the SURF experience resulted in enhanced academic outcomes, persistence in college, and higher levels of self-esteem and a stronger connection to the university. We use oral history interviews with past SURF participants, and non-participants, to measure the impact of the program at each point in students’ development. Using quantitative data collected by our faculty mentor, we are able to analyze data on persistence and grades compared to the general student body. We conclude that a focus on research has two benefits: 1) it improves academic outcomes for students, and 2) it helps to achieve important institutional goals like retention and graduation.