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ERIC Number: ED355882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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An Overview of the Comprehensive Seminar Pilot Program.
McCall, Chester H.; Cannings, Terence
A study evaluated an alternative seminar and major paper approach to the traditional doctoral program comprehensive examination at Pepperdine University (California). The pilot project was conducted over a period of 6 trimesters and involved 28 students who had already completed their course work. Students were also involved in the development of the evaluation criteria, which was then approved by the faculty. The approach followed was to require that students participated in a weekly seminar which focused on the development of a 30-50 page report addressing a real problem and including a plan or proposal to address that topic. The paper was then reviewed by three faculty members without knowledge of the student's identity. The student later made an oral defense of his/her paper before the same faculty committee. Grades were composed of honors, pass, marginal pass, or fail. Post-program evaluation indicated that the students and faculty were overwhelmingly supportive of the seminar and paper approach. The approach was positively received by both students and faculty and appeared to have shortened the time for dissertation completion and was approved by the faculty to become an alternative to the classical comprehensive exams. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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