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Higher Learning Research Communications, v4 n1 p65-72 Mar 2014

This case study presents the development of a research project in a third-year undergraduate course, Family Business Administration. The research project aimed at promoting research skills in students. The authors formed working groups of no more than six students, and each group had to select an original research topic after conducting a literature review. Students were guided by the teachers and provided with initial reading materials, as well as an activity rubric specifying the minimum requirements of a scientific paper. The activity evaluation consisted of two parts, a written article (group assessment) and an oral presentation (individual assessment). After the activity concluded, students were asked to answer an online satisfaction survey. Results showed students viewed the activity as positive and appreciated the chance to develop several competencies, including research skills. The authors conclude several objectives were achieved, including: familiarize students with scientific research; make sure students are cable of finding information through primary sources; have students apply the knowledge acquired during the course; promote responsibility in students; cultivate in students the capacity to summarize ideas and expose them in a reasoned way; have students learn from the experiences and knowledge of others; and develop in students the capacity to synthesize all that information. [This paper was presented at the "Jornadas Internacionales de Innovación Universitaria" ("JIIU") (International Conference on Innovation in Higher Education) (10th, Villaviciosa de Odón Campus, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain, July 11-12, 2013).]

Descriptors: Research Skills, Skill Development, Research Projects, Undergraduate Students, Business Administration Education, Student Research, Student Projects, Cooperative Learning, Student Satisfaction, Student Surveys, Online Surveys, Teamwork, Communication Skills, Writing Skills, Creativity, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Likert Scales

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Author: Bergamini, Tiziana Priede; Navarro, Cristina Lopez-Cozar

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=701&id=EJ1133385



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