Research Across the Curriculum: Teaching Undergraduates to Complete a Good Senior Capstone Paper

27 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2006  

Gregory Lilly

Elon University

Thomas Klick Tiemann

Elon University

Date Written: August 21, 2006

Abstract

Despite the urging of the profession to include a capstone experience in the undergraduate economic major, little has appeared in the literature about such courses. Additionally, though changes in computing have made it possible for undergraduates to complete reasonable professional-style research, a natural capstone experience, little has been written about teaching undergraduates to complete research at that level. At our small university, we have discovered that a successful capstone research project requires teaching students the rhetoric of economic research as well as economics and econometrics. We have also discovered that the complexity of completing that task requires more than one semester for most students. We describe our curriculum, our method of assessment, and some evidence that our students have improved as the curriculum has evolved.

JEL Classification: A22

Suggested Citation

Lilly, Gregory and Tiemann, Thomas Klick, Research Across the Curriculum: Teaching Undergraduates to Complete a Good Senior Capstone Paper (August 21, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=925728 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.925728

Gregory Lilly

Elon University ( email )

Campus Box 2075
Elon, NC 27244
United States

Thomas Klick Tiemann (Contact Author)

Elon University ( email )

Campus Box 2075
Elon, NC 27244
United States
2336-278-5957 (Phone)
336-2785952 (Fax)

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