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CBE Life Sci Educ. 2012 Winter;11(4):378-85. doi: 10.1187/cbe.12-04-0043.

Linguistic analysis of project ownership for undergraduate research experiences.

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Department of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705, USA. scott.strobel@yale.edu

Abstract

We used computational linguistic and content analyses to explore the concept of project ownership for undergraduate research. We used linguistic analysis of student interview data to develop a quantitative methodology for assessing project ownership and applied this method to measure degrees of project ownership expressed by students in relation to different types of educational research experiences. The results of the study suggest that the design of a research experience significantly influences the degree of project ownership expressed by students when they describe those experiences. The analysis identified both positive and negative aspects of project ownership and provided a working definition for how a student experiences his or her research opportunity. These elements suggest several features that could be incorporated into an undergraduate research experience to foster a student's sense of project ownership.

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PMC3516793
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10.1187/cbe.12-04-0043
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