Title

Course-based Research on Students’ Own Institution Introduces Historical Inquiry

Publication Date

Spring 2014

Journal

Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly

Volume

34

First Page

30

Last Page

36

Abstract

This article examines the merits of course-based institutional research as a means of familiarizing undergraduate students with historical research methods and recounts the use of this approach in a course on higher education in the United States. The primary assignment in the course was a report on an aspect of the university's institutional history chosen by the student. The final report, which was based on a combination of primary and secondary sources, marked the culmination of a series of assignments designed to familiarize the student with various methods of historical inquiry. Evaluative data revealed a high level of student satisfaction with gains made in understanding of research methods, as well as mastery of factual course content.

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