ERIC Number: ED446711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Professing the Disciplines: An Analysis of Senior Seminars and Capstone Courses. The First-Year Experience Monograph Series No. 30.
Henscheid, Jean M.
This monograph reports on a study evaluating senior seminars and capstone courses offered at American colleges and universities. A survey was responded to by 707 institutions of which 549 reported they offered at least one senior seminar or capstone course. The major finding of the survey was that these courses are generally designed to leave students with an understanding of and appreciation for single academic disciplines. Other findings indicate that: (1) the least likely instructional components to be found in such courses are those that take students out of the classroom; (2) senior seminars and capstone courses are most often taught and administered by single faculty members representing single academic departments; and (3) most of these courses are not part of a comprehensive assessment process. Following an introductory chapter, aggregate survey findings are displayed in Chapter 2, followed by findings and analysis on discipline- and department-based courses in Chapter 3. Interdisciplinary and other courses are addressed in Chapters 4 and 5. The final chapter offers a summary of all analyses and conclusions. Appendices include examples of each course type, the survey instrument itself, and a list of responding institutions. (Contains 25 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Capstone Experiences, College Curriculum, College Seniors, Departments, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Interdisciplinary Approach, Majors (Students), National Surveys, Seminars, Teaching Methods
National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, 1629 Pendleton St., Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: 803-777-6029; Fax 803-777-4699 ($30).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. National Resource Center for the Freshman Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Note: "With John E. Breitmeyer and Jessica L. Mercer."