Gloria Park’s article, titled “Raising Awareness of Diversity and Social (In)justice Issues in Undergraduate Research Writing: Understanding Students and their Lives via Connecting Teaching and Research,” appears in Journal of Pedagogic Development’s March 2015 issue.
This article was inspired by Park’s own experiences as an undergraduate writing student who did not see a connection between her life and the topics of the courses. The focus of the article is on detailing the author’s first ventures into designing and teaching sections of a research writing class, titled Researching Writing: Raising Awareness of Diversity and Social Justice Issues within and Beyond our Lives. The purpose of this course was to promote issues of diversity and social (in)justice in a required liberal studies course.
Through interviews of undergraduate women who participated in this course from 2009–2011, Park explores their experiences in the class in order to understand what they find (in)effective. The findings indicated that most of the students appreciated being able to choose their own research topic, and also found chunking parts of the research project more effective for understanding the research process. Although engaging students in research and course activities related to controversial issues is difficult, there is a need for more liberal studies courses to incorporate topics related to diversity and social (in)justice.
To access the article, please go to the Journal of Pedagogic Development’s website.
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