Presentation Title

Research Coaching: Learning While Peer Mentoring in an Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada Course

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Abstract

Research is a process that can foster self-directed learning, encourage application and creation of knowledge, and promote creativity and innovation in any discipline; however, the idea of ‘doing research’ may be intimidating and overwhelming for students. There might also be misconceptions about who and what research is relevant to. TRU addresses this issue by offering the Research Coach program; upper-level undergraduate students work with professors and connect with the professors’ first and second year students to guide them through the research process and class projects. The Bachelor of Social Work student presenters are research coaches for SOCW 2120, Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada. Students in this course are to identify Canadian social welfare concerns and specific affected geographical locations and groups of people, and propose possible evidence-based solutions. With the professor for this course, the research coaches will help students identify and explore social welfare topics they are passionate about, develop research questions, find appropriate scholarly sources, access academic supports on campus such as the Writing Centre, and share their research findings in various ways. Research peer mentoring will benefit the students in the class gaining research experience, as well as the research coaches who will develop effective mentoring skills and improve their interpersonal communication skills as they help build students’ confidence in doing research. This presentation will focus mainly on the research coaches’ growth and learning gained from being a research coach, which could be helpful for the developers of the Research Coach program and future research coaches.

Department

Social Work

Faculty Advisor

Oleksandr Kondrashov

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Research Coaching: Learning While Peer Mentoring in an Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada Course

Research is a process that can foster self-directed learning, encourage application and creation of knowledge, and promote creativity and innovation in any discipline; however, the idea of ‘doing research’ may be intimidating and overwhelming for students. There might also be misconceptions about who and what research is relevant to. TRU addresses this issue by offering the Research Coach program; upper-level undergraduate students work with professors and connect with the professors’ first and second year students to guide them through the research process and class projects. The Bachelor of Social Work student presenters are research coaches for SOCW 2120, Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada. Students in this course are to identify Canadian social welfare concerns and specific affected geographical locations and groups of people, and propose possible evidence-based solutions. With the professor for this course, the research coaches will help students identify and explore social welfare topics they are passionate about, develop research questions, find appropriate scholarly sources, access academic supports on campus such as the Writing Centre, and share their research findings in various ways. Research peer mentoring will benefit the students in the class gaining research experience, as well as the research coaches who will develop effective mentoring skills and improve their interpersonal communication skills as they help build students’ confidence in doing research. This presentation will focus mainly on the research coaches’ growth and learning gained from being a research coach, which could be helpful for the developers of the Research Coach program and future research coaches.