CASE STUDY B 2Undergraduate research and service-learning are both high-impact practices identified bythe Association of American Colleges and Universities (Brownell & Swaner, 2010). This casestudy will analyze one article related to community-based research, and it will also present anewly developed undergraduate research program, Neuropsychology Research Experience forUndergraduates (NREU) (Merkel, 2003). The analysis will include the core experiences of thecommunity-based research program, the opportunities for formative and summative reflection,the involvement of community members, and how the author could improve the experientiallearning practice. The case study will also review the learning outcomes of NREU, the coreexperiences, the reflection activities, and how this program will qualify as an experientiallearning experience.
Part ICore Experience
Throughout the article, Weinberg (2003) discussed how “students have the skills and
ortunities to do surveys, focus groups, asset mapping, and qualitative interviewing” (p. 27).
The students also gained experience within and beyond their academic curriculum. They
developed a greater understanding of “social, political, and economic
challenges to community
development” (p. 28). The
y learned about marketing, research, business strategies, oral andwritten communication, and the importance of technology. Given these experiences, the studentslikely obtained many of the benefits of undergraduate research and service-learning (Brownell &Swaner, 2010; Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education [CAS], 2008a,2008b; Eyler & Giles, 1999). The students directly applied their research skills, developedinterpersonal skills, and also improved upon their communication skills. These projects requiredthe students to identify gaps in the community, recognize what was already being done well, and