Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 317–329 | Cite as

Faculty Perceptions of Students in Life and Physical Science Research Labs

  • Claire P. Gonyo
  • Brendan Cantwell


This qualitative study involved interviews of 32 faculty principle investigators at three research institutions and explored how they view the role of students within physical and life science labs. We used socialization theory and student engagement literature to analyze faculty views, which can contribute to student investment in STEM fields. Findings relate to understanding students as workers versus learners or trainees and the tension that results from differing views of students.


STEM Learning STEM Faculty Student research experience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Higher, Adult, and Lifelong EducationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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