Several investigations have established the benefits of undergraduate student research experiences, including improved understanding of the research process, development of research skills, improved ability to interpret research, interest in future research experiences, and considering academic/research careers. Unfortunately, some students are intimidated by the research process and avoid such opportunities for growth. Such student perceptions may limit engagement in research, compromising knowledge and skills to critically evaluate research so necessary for clinical practice. The present investigation examined the student mindset perceptions pre- and post-course and student perspectives towards research following an undergraduate research course. A mixed quantitative and qualitative design was employed. While student mindsets were primarily growth based at the outset, students reported gains in perspectives on mindsets and confidence following the course. Qualitative findings further highlight the development of applications to the profession, understanding the research process, research skills, and the challenges of research. Intentional scaffolding of a research course may reduce intimidation and foster positive attitudes towards the importance of research in the discipline.
Zigler, E. D.,
Grelson, S. L.,
Hoepner, J. K.
Exploring the Role of Mindsets in a Sophomore Level Undergraduate Research Course.
Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders, 5(1).