Project-Based Research in Undergraduate Urban Geography Courses: Student and Faculty Perspectives

Authors: Zia Salim*, California State University - Fullerton
Topics: Geography Education, Urban Geography
Keywords: Geography education, project-based learning, urban geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Active student engagement is one of several critical factors underpinning student success in the post-secondary classroom, as educational research has demonstrated. With reference to Kuh’s work on High-Impact Practices, this paper examines student research in urban geography courses. Specifically, I present three case studies from project-based research partnerships at different scales to demonstrate a model through which student research can be integrated into undergraduate urban geography courses. In this paper, I present main themes that emerged from student and faculty reflections on these courses. I then discuss the risks and rewards associated with this collaborative model. I conclude that, under the right conditions, project-based partnerships with external and internal stakeholders can catalyze undergraduate student research and can contribute to active student engagement.

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