Each institution has a slightly different implementation
timeline, with the common goal of involving freshmen and sophomores
as part of their regular curriculum.
The CASPiE model uses real research to teach
students the fundamental skills of science as well as the
process of scientific discovery. Each research module is based
on and actively linked to the work of a scientist.
Because our laboratory experiments focus on the processes
of critical thinking and problem solving, assessment of student
research projects cannot be based on how closely the student
comes to a known answer. It is necessary to develop appropriate
assessment techniques for student learning in these new courses.
Two of the aspects of authentic research that make
it such a meaningful experience for students are cooperative
teamwork and mentorship. In order to preserve this important
aspect of research in the CASPiE model, while still using
the laboratory course framework, we incorporated Peer-Led