Title

Early Research: A Strategy for Inclusion and Student Success

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Abstract

This introductory chapter defines early research and its organic relationship to human curiosity. It describes historic barriers to early research and distinguishes it from other forms of active learning. The chapter highlights promising trends, opportunities and resources for authentic early research. It establishes substantial and insightful connections between student participation in early research, inclusion and student success. It advocates for universal adoption of and support for early research as a foundational game-changer for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. An overview of each book chapter is also presented. A key insight of this chapter emerging from our definition of early research is identification of age as an important, non-traditional demographic classification in STEM. We believe age subsumes the conventional nomenclature of race and gender inherent in historically underrepresented groups (HUG’s). We contend that early authentic research provides the means par excellence for all students to obtain a concrete understanding and rational view of the world, and to make advances for the benefit of all society.

First Page

1

Last Page

32

Book Title

The Power and Promise of Early Research

Editor

Desmond H. Murray, Sherine O. Obare, James H. Hageman

Publisher

American Chemical Society

City

Washington, D.C.

Series

ACS Symposium Series

Edition

Volume 1231

ISBN

9780841231733

DOI

10.1021/bk-2016-1231.ch001

First Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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