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Lessons Learned From Capstone Projects

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004



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Capstone Course in Industrial Technology

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9.861.1 - 9.861.12

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Darnell Austin

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Session 3250

Lessons Learned from Capstone Projects

Darnell Austin California State University, Fresno and University of the Pacific


Capstone or senior projects present students with an opportunity to learn from the

experience of putting their technology lessons in to practice. This paper reviews some of the

theories of learning from these experiential activities as well as provides some methods and

examples for working with the students in these activities.

Picking the project

One of the foremost educational theorists, John Dewey defined several ways of thinking

such as imagination, belief and stream of consciousness. He contended that learning happens

through reflection on experience. 1

Reflection is a meaning-making process, which moves the learner into a deeper

understanding of experiences and links between the connections. The role of reflection is to

make meaning, linking experience with knowledge. In other words, for Dewey, learning happens

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition

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Austin, D. (2004, June), Lessons Learned From Capstone Projects Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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