DARE: Demystifying the Academic Research EnterpriseWatch the Video
About the Course
Get a head start on performing authentic research and creative activity as an undergraduate student, or learn key concepts as a graduate student that will prepare you for the next step in your career.
This course equips students across all academic disciplines – from art history and anthropology to zoology – with an understanding of the fundamental tenets of research and creative activity. In so doing, it enables students to quickly and effectively begin engaging in authentic, inquiry-driven research and creative activity very early in their academic career, even before they have taken courses specific to their discipline. Such hands-on work, as an integral part of the undergraduate experience, enhances academic performance, creates new knowledge by solving problems and developing new mechanisms of human expression, and opens new vistas of career opportunity. Topics covered in the course include fundamental motivations for performing research and creative activity and how such work is funded, the need for research and the process by which it takes place, ethical behavior, dissemination of results, ownership of intellectual property, the effective delivery and use of critique and peer review, collaboration within and across disciplines, and challenges and opportunities for the future.
- Deep in Our Bones: Why and Where We Perform Research and Creative Activity
- The Money Trail: Funding for Research and Creative Activity
- Public Attitudes, Understanding and Use of Research
- Essential Concepts: Performing Research and Creative Activity
- Becoming a Detective: Finding What You Need and Using it Effectively
- Show Time: Making Your Work Known to Multiple Audiences
- Honesty is the Best Policy: Ethical Conduct in Research
- Yours, Mine and Ours: Ownership of Research Outcomes
- The Give and Take of Criticism: Subjecting Research to Scrutiny
- I Need You and You Need Me: Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Inquiry
- Better Safe than Sorry: Complying with Rules and Policies in Scholarly Endeavors
- A Glass Half Empty or Half Full: Challenges Facing the US Research Enterprise
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