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Lakota Undergraduates as Partners in Aging Research in American Indian Communities

TitleLakota Undergraduates as Partners in Aging Research in American Indian Communities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAnagnopoulos, C
JournalEducational GerontologyEducational Gerontology
Volume32
Pagination517-525
Date PublishedAug
ISBN Number0360-1277<br/>1521-0472
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2006-08966-004
Keywords*Aging, *American Indians, *College Students, *Experimentation, *Teaching, At Risk Populations, Communities, Curriculum & Programs & Teaching Methods [3530], Educational Personnel, Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Lakota undergraduates, partners, aging research, American Indian communities, at risk populations, faculty research, us
AbstractStudies have established the beneficial role of engaging students in research at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Authentic research experiences serve as a tool for instruction where students are actively involved in the process of discovery, the scientific method, and advancing existing fields with scientific data. Further, students report that they enjoy such experiences, making them more likely to pursue and maintain active careers in the sciences. Engaging minority students as active partners in faculty research not only involves them in the scientific process, but also enables others to gain access to minority participants in a culturally-appropriate manner. This paper focuses on the mutually beneficial role of American Indian students as active partners in faculty research on aging, where they played a vital role in the development and completion of the project. The benefits for the students included high retention rates for a typically at-risk group of college students, a mentoring relationship with a faculty member, and opportunities to blend their cultural background with the college experience. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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