You may wish to add a research component to your undergraduate courses for a variety of reasons and benefits.
- Research-education is a vital component of every student's educational experience. Students advance from memorizing conclusions and practicing solutions to a procedural understanding of conclusions and an opportunity for further exploration.
- Incorporating research into your courses gives a meaningful research experience to undergraduate students who may not experience the benefits of a research internship or a paid position working in a lab.
- An authentic research experience can foster an understanding of a discipline's methods, modes of inquiry and issues in a way a student would not be exposed to in a content-based course.
- The experience may help to recruit a student into one of Tulane's graduate programs.
- Research is a familiar form of teaching for research faculty.
Links to Resources on Incorporating Research into Instruction
- University of Miami website that lists resources on inquiry, discovery and problem-based learning.
- University of Miami website: Engaging Humanities Students in Research
- University of Oregon Collaborative Research Model
- How to engage in collaborative curriculum design to foster undergraduate inquiry and research in all disciplines by Patricia J. Pukkila, Janice DeCosmo, Danielle C. Swick, and Martha S. Arnold In "How to Design, Implement and Sustain a Research-Supportive Undergraduate Curriculum", ed. K. Karukstis and T. Elgren, Council on Undergraduate Research, pp. 147-163 (2007).
- Incorporating Graduate Student Participation by Patricia J. Pukkila with Ben Holt, Devon Fisher, Reed Wilson and David Martinez. Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and the Mission of the Research University, Conference Proceedings (2002).
- Bringing Instructional Innovations that Work in One Discipline to Other Disciplines: The Graduate Research Consultant Program by Patricia J. Pukkila and Martha S. Arnold with Danielle Glickman. Integrating Research into Undergraduate Education: The Value Added, Conference Proceedings (2004).