Undergraduate Research Perceptions and Experiences: A New Zealand Study


Doreen Vikashni Chandra, PhD – University of Canterbury, Auckland, New Zealand

Series: University Teaching and Faculty Development; Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU001030; EDU034000; EDU037000
DOI: 10.52305/PEWS4301

Are universities producing graduates that are employable and possess the required knowledge, skills, and attributes to be lifelong learners and global citizens? Research into graduate outcomes through undergraduate research is a little over two decades old and there is much-needed research and development by universities in improving the graduate profile outcomes for undergraduate students so that graduates are ready for the changing future career demands as well as participation in postgraduate studies by research.

This book investigates undergraduate students’ perceptions and experiences of research in their programmes of study. It offers a conceptual framework for understanding undergraduate students’ research learning experiences in New Zealand and suggests good research teaching and learning practices for universities that aim to support undergraduate students’ confidence and competence in research.

It is time to call for a re-contextualization of undergraduate research teaching and learning in New Zealand research universities by re-negotiating the balance between the value of research and the value of employability skills and its impact on future graduates, preparation, and readiness for higher education and employability.

The refocus on undergraduate research in New Zealand by universities and higher education institutions is pivotal and should be actioned with urgency. This resource is designed to inform: the strategic direction for universities in Australasia when enhancing undergraduate research in the present state; for government policy decisions on university funding; standard-setting bodies on qualification standards; for researchers and academics on student expectations for the teaching of research in undergraduate programmes.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of tables


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Selective Literature Review

Chapter 3. Methods

Chapter 4. Quantitative Findings

Chapter 5. Qualitative Findings

Chapter 6. Discussion

Chapter 7. Concluding Remarks



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