Friday, November 30, 2007

A Research Project Is a Learning Project

Miriam Burstein has some wise words about research at "The Little Professor":

The author brings up academic integrity--"Yet if the undergraduates doing this research attempted the same outsourcing of written work in their term papers, they’d face disciplinary proceedings, and several student researchers told me they felt uneasy about this cognitive dissonance between expectations for their own work and that of their professor"--but one of the reasons we crack down on plagiarism is that it short-circuits the learning process. Faculty do not cease to be "students" just because they have alphabet soup after their name.