Concurrent sessions II
II-A: Research in the Humanities Evald 21
Reading Victorian Novels
Presenters: Erin VanLaningham, Amanda McKenna, Robert Bauch, Michael Uhl and Hannah Swart, Loras College
Reading Victorian novels, in context, opens up a new world for literary interpretation. As part of a research-oriented January term course, Loras College students studied Charles Dickens’ novel, Bleak House (1852-53) in serial format, reading from the original publication installments. They also researched Victorian culture and publishing through Loras College’s extensive collection of Dickens’ journals Household Words and All the Year Round. A panel of students will present on four aspects of their original research—specifically Victorian etiquette, education, prison experience, and literacy—and how this extends to a re-interpretation of Dickens’ novel.
II-B: Fostering Teacher Self-Study in the Elementary School Evald 113
The Augustana/Longfellow Number Sense Project
Presenters: Randy Hengst and Mike Egan, Augustana College
The Augustana/Longfellow Number Sense Project (NSP) provides undergraduate elementary education majors with supplementary teaching experience in a partnering kindergarten. In addition to serving the children with individualized numeracy instruction, the undergraduate participants are also required to engage in a formal self-study of some aspect of their teaching work. The undergraduates are expected to share the results of their study publicly, and each cohort of NSP students has successfully shepherded speaking proposals to state and regional professional conferences since 2010. In this session, the NSP directors will provide an overview of how this project has been organized and sustained, and both current and former NSP undergraduates will share reflections on their experience
II-C Evald 120
Research in the Community
Presenter:Tammy Faux, Wartburg College
This presentation will explain the development and implementation of a junior level social work research course where as students in the course learn about research theory they apply their new knowledge and skills to a hands-on community based research project. Students learn the formal research process and follow the process as they develop and implement a program evaluation at a community social services agency. All projects represent real research that social workers may conduct in their first job. This research project is a way to meet a community need and give students hands-on opportunities to practice theory and concepts they are learning in class. Students will conduct literature reviews as a means of planning their research project. As they are learning about developing good survey questions, they will be developing or revising surveys for this project. Reflections on learning will be a major component of the course assessment. Several students who recently completed the course will share their experiences.
II-D Evald 212
Developing Effective Student Faculty Collaborative Scholarship programs
Presenter: Darren Stoub, Dordt College
Many of us recognize not only the educational and professional benefits associated with engaging students in research and scholarship, but also the difficulties involved with designing, implementing and supporting an effective program. In this presentation, we will discuss the structure, operation, funding and outcomes for four effective and successful collaborative scholarship programs in which I have been involved. Each model has been shaped by the motivation of the program director, the interest and dedication of student and faculty participants, the duration and timing of the program, the available funding, and the desired and real outcomes. Our time will conclude with a discussion of my proposal for the ideal student faculty collaborative scholarship program.
II-E Evald 314
The Coe College Physics Undergraduate Research Program
Presenter: Mario Affatigato, Coe College
This presentation will focus on the growth and development of the undergraduate research program within the Physics Department at Coe College. It will focus on the factors that have allowed it to become successful, as well as the benefits garnered by the students and the College. In particular, we will focus on the concrete steps needed to develop such a program, including student recruitment, the acquisition of research equipment, handling the growth in student numbers, external funding, and the contributions by the College administration. Many of the ideas to be presented will be portable to other institutions seeking to start or grow their undergraduate research programs.