Students when involved in research based learning are bound to learn more and better than they would without the integration of research. Students start as consumers of knowledge and move toward knowledge producers in the following eight steps.
- Students are provided with an overview of the basic facts, terms, and ideas related to the discipline.
- Students learn about research findings in the (sub) field through lectures and readings dedicated to current research.
- Students discuss and critique research findings and approaches in the discipline or (sub) field; assignments include literature reviews or summaries.
- Students learn some research methodologies; engage in limited applications of those approaches in course assignments, such as statistical analyses.
- Students learn in a course dedicated to the research methodologies, engage in extensive applications of a variety of approaches.
- Students engage in faculty designed and led original (to the student) research such as replications of existing studies.
- Students engage in faculty designed and led original research such as research related to faculty projects and/or conducted in faculty labs.
- Students engage in student designed and led original (to the discipline) research such as a senior thesis or capstone project