2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase


The Status of "Critical Inquiry" at BSU: Documentation

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Dr. Stephen Crowley


A small research group dedicated to investigating how Boise State University uses and understands the term “critical inquiry.” As a University required foundational skill, discovering how BSU at different levels consider critical inquiry is relevant for more effective teaching, and interdisciplinary applications.This research branched into three different projects looking into BSU documentation, disciplinary standards of “critical inquiry,” and the conceptual background.

Boise State University defines University Learning Outcome 3, critical inquiry, as “defining problems, gathering and evaluating evidence, and determining the adequacy of argumentative discourse.” Our project set out to analyze how Boise State University utilizes the term and represents it in official documentation and how that might inform us as to how critical inquiry is thought about on at University-level community.

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