Abstract Title

Pedagogical Case Study Research Capstone Course Experiences

Faculty Mentor Name

Jacqueline Luedtke, Juan Merkt, and Brent Bowen

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Poster

Abstract

Pedagogical Case Study Research Capstone Course Experiences The Capstone course, Aviation Research Methods, is the culminating experience for students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). This course provides fixed and rotary-wing flight students, among other majors, the opportunity to explore an issue of personal or professional interest and to address that issue through study and applied research under the direction of a faculty member. The Capstone project allows students to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the previous 3 ½ years of coursework to real-world issues and problems through a case research framework. The College of Aviation implemented case research as the primary capstone experience methodology in the fall of 2014. A potential for significant research outcomes was purported to be a potential outcome of this teaching/ learning style and is now evidenced in the results. This capstone technique has been completed with multiple sections of senior students since its introduction. This work in progress summarizes, compares and contrasts the research outcomes over a three-semester period through a qualitative review of the research results. During the search for synergies, several common themes emerged and were reported. Within the case framework, many research tools have been employed including interviews, use of archival data, observation research and more. Comparative analysis of works to date, along with those in process, provide a foundation for future techniques to enhance the capstone and undergraduate research experience, validate the process and to ensure the results have meaningful application.

Poster Presentation

Location

AC1-ATRIUM

Start Date

4-8-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

4-8-2016 3:00 PM

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Pedagogical Case Study Research Capstone Course Experiences

AC1-ATRIUM

Pedagogical Case Study Research Capstone Course Experiences The Capstone course, Aviation Research Methods, is the culminating experience for students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). This course provides fixed and rotary-wing flight students, among other majors, the opportunity to explore an issue of personal or professional interest and to address that issue through study and applied research under the direction of a faculty member. The Capstone project allows students to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the previous 3 ½ years of coursework to real-world issues and problems through a case research framework. The College of Aviation implemented case research as the primary capstone experience methodology in the fall of 2014. A potential for significant research outcomes was purported to be a potential outcome of this teaching/ learning style and is now evidenced in the results. This capstone technique has been completed with multiple sections of senior students since its introduction. This work in progress summarizes, compares and contrasts the research outcomes over a three-semester period through a qualitative review of the research results. During the search for synergies, several common themes emerged and were reported. Within the case framework, many research tools have been employed including interviews, use of archival data, observation research and more. Comparative analysis of works to date, along with those in process, provide a foundation for future techniques to enhance the capstone and undergraduate research experience, validate the process and to ensure the results have meaningful application.

Poster Presentation