How do undergraduates read scientific research papers?

How do undergraduates read scientific research papers?

Katharine Hubbard, University of Cambridge - Download slides here (pptx, pdf)

Engaging with the scientific literature is essential for undergraduates in the biological sciences. However, as academics and teaching staff we often make the assumption that undergraduates know how to read papers, and that they read them in the same way that researchers do. A study was conducted with 2nd year undergraduates and academic staff in the Department of Plant Sciences to investigate how students read papers. Preliminary results suggest that students underestimate the importance of the results section, particularly the data itself, therefore may not be engaging with the literature in the most appropriate way.