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Creating Quality Undergraduate Research Programs in Economics: How, When, Where (And Why)

Stephen DeLoach (), Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore and Mary O. Borg

The American Economist, 2012, vol. 57, issue 1, 96-110

Abstract: While undergraduate research (UR) has been growing across the academy for decades, economics has been relatively slow to adopt it as pedagogy. We argue for the development of comprehensive UR programs that not only require capstone research experiences, but integrate foundational research skills throughout the curriculum. Fundamentally, there is a hierarchy whereby students learn basic research skills in lower-level courses, develop ability integrating content knowledge and research skills in upper-levels, and produce independent or collaborative research projects in later semesters. To facilitate such improvements, we make six recommendations for departments to consider when building or strengthening their UR environment.

Keywords: undergraduate research; senior thesis; honors thesis; service learning; capstone experience (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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