The acculturation and engagement of undergraduate students in scientific thinking through research methods

Hosein, Anesa and Rao, Namrata (2019) The acculturation and engagement of undergraduate students in scientific thinking through research methods. In: Development of Scientific Thinking in Higher Education: The Role of Research Skills and Evidence-Based Thinking. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 978-3-030-24214-5 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

In undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, research courses are usually a compulsory component of the curriculum. This chapter explores the pedagogical engagement, through the lens of acculturation theory, that is needed for creating scientific thinking skills. We posit that students who choose their discipline voluntarily are more likely to pedagogically engage (i.e. integrate or assimilate) in their discipline’s research paradigms. However, those students pursuing a discipline which was not their first choice may be less engaged in developing scientific thinking skills within these compulsory components and may be more likely to adopt a segregated approach. The chapter explores the implications of these different pedagogical engagement approaches for students and how teachers may create learning environments to develop their scientific thinking skills.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: research methods, self-determination theory, threshold concepts, acculturation theory, transition, motivation
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Namrata Rao
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 08:06
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 08:07
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2891

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