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Teaching and research: congruence or division

Posted by Melissa on May 5, 2010

I just read Diane Auer Jones’ opinion piece in Nature this week and couldn’t be more disappointed at her suggestion that we leave research to select research universities. It’s a discouraging dismissal of the value of research opportunities provided by primarily undergraduate institutions, as well as the teacher-scholar model for faculty.  I’ve been reading David Lopatto’s “Science in Solution: The Impact of Undergraduate Research on Student Learning” published by the Research Corporation, and I suggest anyone who reads Jones’ piece take the time to read “Science in Solution” to gain a better perspective on the value of undergraduate research at all types of institutions.

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2 Responses to “Teaching and research: congruence or division”

  1. Ian Durham said

    Wow. That is very disappointing – and a bit behind the times. Even the Feds are recognizing the value of research at smaller institutions. They are insisting the smaller schools be included on new EPSCoR grants, for instance.

    • arjendu said

      Oh, I don’t know, as long as Research Universities leave all the teaching to us (and tell their students as much), I could see a point to doing that.

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