Book cover of Cultivating Capstones: Designing High-Quality Culminating Experiences for Student Learning, edited by Caroline J. Ketcham, Anthony G. Weaver, and Jessie L. Moore

The introduction explores capstones’ history and promise, introduces a socioecological framework for considering the changing landscape of capstones, and examines the current context of capstones and undergraduate education reform.

Discussion Questions

  • What is the history of capstone experiences on your campus, and how does that history influence your campus’ current landscape for capstones?
  • Using the socio-ecological framework, describe the landscape for capstone experiences on your campus.
    • How are macrosystem pressures shaping exo- and microsystem decisions about capstones and students’ experiences on your campus?
    • What exosystem infrastructures, policies, and practices function as affordances or constraints for (re)designing your college’s capstones to foster equitable, high-quality learning experiences?
    • What meso- and microsystem characteristics can you tap to deepen capstone experiences?
    • Who are your students? How will their identities, experiences, and goals inform your capstone design?