Refining and Revisiting: the Capstone Study

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Super Bowl weekend and managed to stay warm out there! A few weeks ago, I was complaining about the inconsistency of our day-to-day temperatures – going from 20 degrees one day to 60 degrees the next. Now, I’m starting to miss those nice breaks from the cold. Although, I do love the snow so I can’t complain too much.

Mrs. Miller and Kristin O’Neill introducing their survey to CoRP
Mrs. Miller and Kristin O’Neill introducing their survey to CoRP

Last Friday, we had our third CoRP meeting of the semester. Like so many of our productive meetings in the past, the purpose of this meeting was to provide peer review and brainstorming for an ongoing study. Mrs. Miller and Kristin O’Neill have been working hard to construct and refine a survey that will be sent out to different colleges’ Communication Disorders departments across the country. This survey is designed to ask programs about their capstone experience. The survey begins by having the person say whether or not they have a capstone experience (ie. course, study, ongoing project, etc.) in their curriculum. This answer determines the questions that will be asked for the rest of the survey. When the list of questions was brought before our group, many members began contributing and refining them.

Over the next hour, the group began discussing possible questions to include, what areas to survey and the length of the survey itself. Ultimately, it was decided that the survey was meant to ask “Do you have a Capstone Experience?” while also asking what it was like, the benefits of having it and, if not, why you do not have one. Some information regarding demographics may also be included. From the brainstorming session, the survey was strengthened and made more focused.

CoRP members contributing to the peer review process
CoRP members contributing to the peer review process

So that’s all for this week. As always, thanks for taking an interest in CoRP and our ongoing studies! We meet weekly in Smith Hall room 113 and would love to host anyone interested. Have a good (and hopefully warm) week!