Please note: The academic year 2017-2018 is the final year for the surveys to be offered under the current system of centralized data collection and reporting. For questions regarding the future use of these surveys please contact Prof. David Lopatto (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) survey grew out of a creative collaboration of faculty from Grinnell College, Hope College, Harvey Mudd College, and Wellesley College. The CURE may be used as a pretest-posttest or posttest-only survey to measure student experiences in "research-like" or other science courses.
Each survey takes about 10-15 minutes. The surveys are hosted by a commercial site, Qualtrics. Students arrange to complete the survey either anonymously or not, depending on their arrangement with you and your institutional review board. (We suggest the surveys not be anonymous, as having the student names facilitates matching the pre-course to the post-course surveys.) The data are analyzed by Prof. Lopatto and Ms. Leslie Jaworski, Electronic Survey Data Analyst for the project. We report aggregate data for an institution or program to the designated faculty liaison or program director. Please contact Prof. Lopatto (lopatto[at]grinnell[dot]edu) if you are interested in using this approach to your course assessment.
In accordance with the US Department of Health & Human Services and the Grinnell Institutional Review Board, permission is required by parents or guardians and assent by participants under the age of 18 years. It is the responsibility of the institution providing the research experience or the institution requesting participation in these assessment tools to follow the requirements established by the US Department of Health & Human Services. http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.html#46.402
Pre-course questions include:
- Demographic questions
- Reasons for taking the course
- Level of experience on various course elements
- Science attitude questions
- Learning style questions
The post-course survey is parallel to the pre-course survey. Questions include:
- Estimate of learning gains in the course elements
- Estimates of learning benefits that parallel questions in the SURE surveys
- Overall evaluation of the experience
- Science attitude questions
The CURE survey has three components:
1) A brief survey for the course or lab instructor in which the instructor indicates which common activities are emphasized in the course.
2) A pre-course survey to be completed by the students in the course or lab.
3) A post-course survey to be completed by the student in the course or lab.
Published examples of CURE results in support of science education programs include:
- Denofrio, L.A., Russell, B., Lopatto, D., & Lu, Y. (2007). Linking student interests to science curricula. Science, 318, 1872-1873.
- Lopatto, D., et al. (2008). Genomics Education Partnership. Science, 322, 684-685.
How do you choose between CURE and RISC?
Faculty are invited to access the faculty forms in both surveys (there is no password) and note the different categories of items they can evaluate. CURE is focused on the use of "research-like" experiences in the course. RISC overlaps with CURE but includes additional items of interest to faculty who are exploring integrated or interdisciplinary courses.