Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Qualitative Data Analysis of Journals from GK-12 Participants"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Education, Assessment of Learning, K-12 Education
Project Description:
This project provides the opportunity for a DURI student to conduct qualitative data analysis on student journals that have been obtained through Purdue’s GK-12 program. Briefly, the GK-12 program puts Ph.D. graduate student volunteers into local middle schools in order to enhance their teaching and communication skills while educating students and teachers about their specific field of study. Since its inception, the volunteers have kept a weekly journal reflecting their experiences and activities within the program. The undergraduate interns will be responsible for analyzing these written entries to help determine the impact of the GK-12 experience on the participants.
Expected Student Contributions:
The undergraduate intern will be involved in organizing, coding, and analyzing journal entries about graduate student educational experiences in a middle school classroom. The intern will write a summary of the findings and compare the findings with analyses of previous journals. There may be an opportunity to assist in drafting a report for publication in an academic journal.
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Desired Qualifications:
Experience with qualitative data analysis desired, or willingness to learn. Interest / major in education, psychology or social science. GPA 3.0 or higher.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Li, Jianming
center for paralysis research

Student Supervisor

Faith Weeks
Program Coordinator

Cooperating Faculty

John Harbor