Motivated Liberal Studies majors have ample opportunities to conduct faculty-guided research, even while fulfilling their demanding courseload. Some Liberal Studies majors:
- Do in-depth research and present at the Liberal Studies Capstone symposium on a global issue of particular relevance as a student in LBST 4900, “Education & Global Issues.”
- Work with a faculty mentor on student generated research through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).
- Present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Lead an Alternative Break Trip.
Education research that makes a difference
This is one example of a recent SURP project taken on a by a Liberal Studies major.
Kendra Glenn (LBST '17)
Faculty Research Mentor
Dr. Bernadette Musetti
"Redefining and Reconceptualizing Parental and Family Engagement in A Low-income Elementary School: A Case Study"
The importance of family and parental engagement in schooling is well recognized. However, more research and knowledge is needed to understand how best to engage families in Title I, economically disadvantaged schools, including what motivates parents to become involved and how they conceptualize their involvement. This study was conducted at a Catholic elementary school in South Los Angeles. Data were collected through qualitative research methods including parent surveys, multiple principal interviews, and numerous observation sessions over a six-week period. Analysis of data reveals parents and families are generally very involved in their children’s schooling, where parents or family members, on average, visit the school campus at least twice a week and regularly participate in events or contribute time or other resources to the school. Findings show that when parents and families feel there is an equal partnership between the school and the home, each supports the other’s roles in the academic and personal development of the student. This mutually respectful dynamic allows for better communication and promotes academic achievement. While there is often an assumption that lower SES parent and family involvement in schooling is minimal, this study helps to dispel this myth.