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Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses 1th edition




Authors:Robert C. Hauhart, Jon E. Grahe, Maryellen Weimer

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Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses Description

Enrich your students and the institution with a high-impactpractice

Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses isa practical, research-backed guide to creating a course that isvaluable for both the student and the school. The book covers thedesign, administration, and teaching of capstone courses throughoutthe undergraduate curriculum, guiding departments seeking to add acapstone course, and allowing those who have one to compare it toothers in the discipline. The ideas presented in the book aresupported by regional and national surveys that help the readerunderstand what's common, what's exceptional, what works, and whatdoesn't within capstone courses. The authors also provideadditional information specific to different departments across thecurriculum, including STEM, social sciences, humanities, fine arts,education, and professional programs.

Identified as a high-impact practice by the National Survey ofStudent Engagement (NSSE) and the Association of American Collegesand Universities' LEAP initiative, capstone courses culminate astudent's final college years in a project that integrates andapplies what they've learned. The project takes the form of aresearch paper, a performance, a portfolio, or an exhibit, and isintended to showcase the student's very best work as a graduatingsenior. This book is a guide to creating for your school ordepartment a capstone course that ties together undergraduatelearning in a way that enriches the student and adds value to thecollege experience.

  • Understand what makes capstone courses valuable for graduatingstudents
  • Discover the factors that make a capstone course effective, andcompare existing programs, both within academic disciplines andacross institutions
  • Learn administrative and pedagogical techniques that increasethe course's success
  • Examine discipline-specific considerations for design,administration, and instruction

Capstones are generally offered in departmental programs, butare becoming increasingly common in general education as well.Faculty and administrators looking to add a capstone course orrevive an existing one need to understand what constitutes aneffective program. Designing and Teaching Undergraduate CapstoneCourses provides an easily digested summary of existingresearch, and offers expert guidance on making your capstone coursesuccessful.

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