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.
"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
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