Improving Student Learning Outcomes through Community-based Research: The Poverty Workshop

Brian M Mayer, Amelia Blume, Candace Black, Sally J Stevens

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Abstract

Engaged learning extends education outside of the formal classroom through internships, experiential learning, and community- or service-based learning. To better understand the potential of engaged learning in improving student learning outcomes and encouraging students to pursue STEM-based careers, we describe the development of a community-based research experience related to poverty and report on improvements in students’ self-reported competencies in generalized self-efficacy, research skills, and science motivation. We compare these outcomes to those of students in a traditional sociology methods class to determine whether the engaged learning experience improves learning outcomes. Our findings indicate that students in the engaged learning course report higher generalized self-efficacy and research skills compared to students in the traditional methods course. Based on these findings, we propose a set of strategies for other colleges and universities to integrate engaged learning courses into their curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTeaching Sociology
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • community-based research
  • engaged learning
  • methods
  • poverty
  • surveys

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  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Improving Student Learning Outcomes through Community-based Research : The Poverty Workshop. / Mayer, Brian M; Blume, Amelia; Black, Candace; Stevens, Sally J.

In: Teaching Sociology, 01.01.2018.

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