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College Teaching

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Capstone course, vignette method, research experiences, research methods


Many departments in colleges and universities require a capstone course that involves the students conducting a research project. This author has had over 20 years of experience teaching such a capstone course and describes a flexible research method for student research projects – the vignette study (an experiment embedded in a survey). She also has teams of undergraduate students working in her lab for research credit make progress on a vignette design as one of several research activities. The vignette study can be used for students across many majors, including but not limited to sociology, psychology, criminal justice, nursing, social work, and marketing. Detail is provided on how to teach a capstone course using this flexible research method.

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This article was published Open Access thanks to a transformative agreement between Milner Library and Taylor & Francis.


This article was published in College Teaching 71, no. 2 (2023): 75-81. DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2023.2178373.

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