An integral part of our doctoral program is apprenticing students in research. Our doctoral students begin doing real, publishable research from day one through our innovative research apprenticeship courses. Students take courses with their advisor (and in some cases, other faculty) every semester of their graduate program. These research apprenticeships allow students to conduct research studies in teams with other students and faculty. Some permit engagement with ongoing funded research projects, while others involve student-led projects, but all involve extensive feedback and interaction with other faculty. The apprenticeships also permit students to practice all phases of research in studies that may span multiple semesters, avoiding the "toy projects" syndrome associated with scholarship that is exclusively course- or semester-based. These courses allow a more intensive mentorship process than those that are typical either in graduate advising or in semester-long courses. See the example below of one such project.
An evaluation of the research apprenticeships revealed that students felt they increased opportunities to engage in collaborative, publishable work from literature review to final publication. For more information on this innovative component of the LDT program, see the evaluation (itself a product of LDT 594) by Carr-Chellman, Gursoy, Almeida, and Beabout, published in 2006 in the British Journal of Educational Technology.
LDT 594 Profile: Establishing a Theory of Knowledge Structure (KS)