Assessment of CUREs

Brownell and colleagues present a high enrollment, introductory biology CURE that shifts student conceptions of what it means to think like a scientist from novice to more expert-like, and improves their ability to analyze and interpret data. To access the full text of the article, click here.

This paper from Corwin and colleagues published in CBE - Life Sciences Education synthesizes research and evaluation studies of CUREs to identify the range of student outcomes and determine the level of empirical support for each outcome, and then use this information and social learning theory to model how students may realize desired short-, medium-, and long-term outcomes. This work should be useful to instructors and researchers interested in studying how CUREs function to help students achieve desired outcomes.

This paper describes the development and validation of a survey of project ownership, which can be used to measure differences in student ownership of scientific inquiry experiences.

This report presents a summary of a meeting on assessment of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), including an operational definition of a CURE, a summary of research on CUREs, relevant findings from studies of undergraduate research internships, and recommendations for future research on and evaluation of CUREs.

To what extent does your CURE allow for ownership by students? To access the full text for this article, click here.