Title

Assessment of student and faculty mentor perceptions of an international undergraduate research program in physical geography

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Volume

38

Issue

4

First Page

582

Last Page

594

DOI

10.1080/03098265.2014.963527

Keywords

assessment, perception, study abroad, undergraduate research

Abstract

In this study, we assess whether students and their faculty mentors in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program have similar perceptions about the relative importance of different outcomes of their study abroad experience. Results of a Q-analysis reveal a significant difference of opinion between the students and the faculty mentors. It is argued that the faculty mentors need to spend more time in the field with their students and recognize that undergraduate research provides students with skills and a confidence to conduct research in the future, rather than personal and professional development, and the ability to think like a scientist. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.