ERIC Number: EJ1079680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
From Mountaintop to Corporate Ladder--What New Professionals Really Really Want in a Capstone Experience!
French, Erica; Bailey, Janis; van Acker, Elizabeth; Wood, Leigh
Teaching in Higher Education, v20 n8 p767-782 2015
Capstone subjects are increasingly used in Universities worldwide to complete the undergraduate program experience and to transition graduates into the workplace. As such, capstones fulfil a large role consolidating one experience and traversing the gap to another. Yet, little is known or understood about their design, their implementation or evaluation. In this study we investigate the final-year experience from the student's perspective. We surveyed graduates from five Business Schools in Australia to identify perceptions of their final-year experience. Findings indicate that the transition experience of the student to professional is unique. In their liminal or intermediate state between student and professional they recognise the value of process skills, in particular the development of generic business skills related to application and the importance of opportunities for experiencing the application of theory in practice. The findings add a new understanding to the current literature which has not previously acknowledged the insight of the transitioning professional.
Descriptors: Curriculum, College Graduates, Job Skills, Business Administration Education, Student Experience, Foreign Countries, Alumni, Attitude Measures, Educational Quality, Learning Activities, Online Surveys, Likert Scales, Coding, Skill Development, Professional Identity, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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