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1st Edition

Undergraduate Research for Student Engagement and Learning

ISBN 9781138912052
Published August 21, 2017 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

There is growing interest in undergraduate research, given its benefits to students, faculty members, and the institution. For higher education scholars, faculty, and administrators, this book logically synthesizes the literature to demonstrate its impact on facilitation of learning and engagement and to chart a course for expanding and improving these opportunities. This book provides a comprehensive overview of undergraduate research as a "high-impact practice" in postsecondary education, from its theoretical underpinnings and research-base, to student participation and faculty incentives. This important resource offers analysis of the current state of undergraduate research, explores challenges and unresolved questions affecting undergraduate research, and provides implications for research and practice.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research


Part I: The Concept

Chapter 1: An Overview of Undergraduate Research

Part II: The Rationale

Chapter 2: A Theoretical Foundation for Undergraduate Research

Chapter 3: Undergraduate Research and the Evolving Culture of the Academy

Chapter 4: The Educational Impact of Undergraduate Research Programs

Part III: The Conditions

Chapter 5: The National Climate for Undergraduate Research

Chapter 6: Patterns of Student and Faculty Participation in Undergraduate Research

Chapter 7: Institutional Support for Undergraduate Research

Part IV: The Issues

Chapter 8: Equity and Access in Undergraduate Research

Chapter 9: Extending the Disciplinary Frontiers of Undergraduate Research

Chapter 10: The Changing Economics of Higher Education and Undergraduate Research

Chapter 11: Implications of Social and Political Change for the Future of Undergraduate Research

Part V: The Outlook

Chapter 12: Reflections and Recommendations


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Joseph L. Murray is Associate Professor of Education and the Director of the College Student Personnel Program at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA.


"Murray’s cool passion for engaging undergraduates in systematic inquiry enlivens this grand tour about how to best organize such experiences to maximize benefits to both students and institutions. For those looking for a comprehensive overview of why undergraduate research matters, this is it."
—George D. Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus, Indiana University, USA

"This book powerfully demonstrates the critical importance of the high-impact practice of undergraduate research in fostering student engagement, while offering models to ensure equity and inclusion in promoting student success."
—Lynn Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges & Universities, USA

"Murray has written a comprehensive, yet thoroughly readable account of the undergraduate research movement. His clear-eyed and reasoned analysis of the movement’s history, achievements, and challenges provides a fundamental information resource to many stakeholders involved in operating and studying undergraduate research programs. I would particularly recommend this book to faculty mentors, education researchers, and academic administrators with responsibilities to advance undergraduate research on their campuses."
—Elizabeth L. Ambos, Executive Officer, Council on Undergraduate Research, USA