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Students enrolled in EEX 2091 Disability and Society and EEX 4070 Inclusive Education for General Educators are required to earn RERs by completing one of the following activities: (1) serving as a participant (otherwise referred to as “subject”) in an IRB-approved research study conducted under the supervision of DESE faculty and/or DESE graduate student, (2) participating in one or more professional training sessions (e.g. DESE colloquia) conducted by department faculty or graduate students, or (3) writing a summary of an empirical research article (specific assignment is described in syllabus for the specific course).
Participation in the subject pool serves five important functions. First, most of what students are taught in social science/education courses is based on carefully conducted research with human volunteers. Research can seem rather mysterious in the abstract. Participation in research studies can provide a first-hand look at the research enterprise that uncovers the most effective instructional methods or other information contributing to teaching and learning. Second, research participation can provide exposure to a variety of different kinds of research methods and aspects of teaching and learning. Methodology can range from survey, to measuring attitudes, watching videos, responding to questions about content to interacting with others. Third, people (in this case students) contribute to the knowledge base when participating in a research study. Fourth, participating in research can make one a better consumer of research literature. The first-hand experience with research may lead to critical questions about results, generalizations and methodology used in research. Finally, the experience may actually be interesting. The experience/information may contribute to the learning experience in a course.
There are some steps necessary to complete the Research Experience Requirement (RER). Read and follow the list below:
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