The Capstone Paper is written by students in the SIT Graduate Institute Master's Programs. Capstones reassess theoretical knowledge in light of professional experience in the form of a final research paper, incorporating both classroom knowledge and practicum based experience.

The full-text of papers written before July 2011 is limited to World Learning/SIT faculty, staff, students, and alumni. If you are not affiliated with World Learning and want access to these papers contact your local library and ask about requesting the hard copy on interlibrary loan. Papers written after July 2011 are all available full-text online with no restrictions

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Submissions from 2000

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Charting our own course : Korean American women in relation to gender, race, culture and our mothers, Mary Ann Schneider

Destitute women in political office : a study of factors leading to empowerment, Keya Sultana

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Destitute women in political office : a study of factors leading to empowerment, Keya Sultana

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Participatory action research and evaluation: creating change on the Yukon flats, Carrie M. Supik

Participatory action research and evaluation: creating change on the Yukon flats, Carrie M. Supik

Conflict transformation and empathy : how conflict workers/trainers in the field see and use empathy in conflict transformation, Noriko Tada

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Conflict transformation and empathy : how conflict workers/trainers in the field see and use empathy in conflict transformation, Noriko Tada

Key issues in UN volunteers programme development and recruitment in the Philippines: operational guide for UN volunteer management, Masako Takada

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Key issues in UN volunteers programme development and recruitment in the Philippines: operational guide for UN volunteer management, Masako Takada

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Analyzing how effectiveness of participatory management techniques may work in the nonprofit sector, Guillermo Torano

Analyzing how effectiveness of participatory management techniques may work in the nonprofit sector, Guillermo Torano

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Beyond the storm : a study on the aftermath of a Khasland movement in Satkhira, Bangladesh, A.T.M. Mahtab Uddin

Beyond the storm : a study on the aftermath of a Khasland movement in Satkhira, Bangladesh, A.T.M. Mahtab Uddin

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The origins, usage, & effectiveness of the talking stick as a facilitation tool in multicultural community building, Angela Rose Vuagniaux

The origins, usage, & effectiveness of the talking stick as a facilitation tool in multicultural community building, Angela Rose Vuagniaux

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How does popular participation lead to increased sustainability of rural water supply projects?, Masao Watanabe

How does popular participation lead to increased sustainability of rural water supply projects?, Masao Watanabe

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Work relationships with developmentally disabled adults, Grant M. Wienker

Work relationships with developmentally disabled adults, Grant M. Wienker

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Food aid and local trade : a case study from southern Sudan, Ann Witteveen

Food aid and local trade : a case study from southern Sudan, Ann Witteveen

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Intercultural communication in immigrants' job retention, Cuilan Zhou

Intercultural communication in immigrants' job retention, Cuilan Zhou

Submissions from 1999

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Intercultural leadership : a program model for students of higher education, Daniel C. Adams

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Do women need a cultural adaptation program specifically designed for them?, Adrienne Gigantino Alverez

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Global leadership skills and the international assignment experience, Andrea Bauler

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Assisting entrepreneurs : challenges facing U.S. microcredit programs into the 21st century, James D. Beighle

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Child protagonism : training children to be catalysts for social change, Susan Bird

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Effective intercultural communication within the OSCE in Albania, Kerry Byron

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Raqaypampa : an in-depth analysis of community organization in the rural highlands of Bolivia, Jonathan Caplan

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Decentralization of environmental management in Nepal, Christian Carpenter

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The big nose in China : the historical development of the Chinese perception of foreigners, Daneal Charney

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An analysis of the Safe Motherhood Program in the Kalali, Rupendehi, and Okhaldunga districts of Nepal, Abigail Clay

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Toward more effective human resource management in countries in special development situations (CSDS) : staffing and organizational development for sustainability, Edward Crowley

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Change management in U.S. nonprofits : a staff-centered approach, Linda D. Deputy

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Small group democratic decision- making : impact and implications when interacting with other decision-making processes within World Learning, Inc., Bill Dial

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Recruitment training strategies : Boston Regional Peace Corps Office, Boston, Massachusetts, Anne Lili Folsom

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Psychological processes in dialogue groups and interventions for facilitators, Amanda Griesbach

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Vulnerability of commercial sex workers : view point from Tangail Brothel, Ahsan-ul-Haque Helal

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Facilitating reentry for American study abroad participants, Myer Henderson

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Silent partners : parental involvement in the study abroad experience of US college students, Dyna S. Hermann

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Culture shock : an examination of how the public perception of culture shock is reflected in the media, Nancy E. Homan

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Feeling your way through organizations : a study using the MBTI to explore personality type & organizational style, Karen Horton

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Exploratory research on migrant and seasonal farm worker health in the age of HIV/AIDS : a search for appropriate planning and preventative interventions for Mexican migrant and African-American seasonal farm workers in Newton Grove, North Carolina, Stephanie Howard

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After the storm : Peace Corps training following a natural disaster, Rebecca Ignatoff

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Empowerment as development : a case study of the Louden tribe of Koyukon Athabascan Indians in Alaska's bush interior, Jennifer B. Jean

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Internationalization of the campus at the School for International Training (SIT) : assimilation vs. intercultural learning, Reiko Kato

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Countering economic inequality : problems and prospects in Uttarakhand, India, Rob Kellogg

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Handloom's survival and alternative approach to empower weavers at Grameen Uddog, Myung Jae Kim

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Relocation program : the first experiential learning for expatriates and spouses, Taeko Kondo

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Rethinking progressive education : the praxis-centered classroom, Patricia Mercedes Krueger

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An assessment of Youth Exchange marketing materials for students of color and implications for printed marketing materials, Jennifer Late

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Khat consumption in Assanodugderera, Ethiopia : perceptions and its effects on income, Kedir Ligbicho

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Overcoming obstacles to diversifying graduate admissions, Michael F. Lyons

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Building institutional capacity through external consultants : an analysis of knowledge management practices, Kathryn Hodge Matchett

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A long way from home : improving pre-departure orientation seminars for female overseas Filipino workers, Lisa A. McCarthy

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Intercultural sensitivity and cross-cultural effectiveness development in study abroad, James E. McCoy

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What a family : gender and power within non-governmental development organizations in Peru, Rosa Mendoza

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The impact of Bangladesh flood of 1998 on BRAC's micro-credit borrowers, Siraj Uddin Mondal

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Don Quixote's noble vision lives! : Spain's NGOs can transform unbelieving Sancho Panzas, Sylvia Mari´a Montero

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Working Capital : meeting microcredit consumer needs for the 21st century, taking group variables into consideration, Karin-Aisha Munson

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The Impact of different cognative styles on participation in small groups at the School for International Training : a comparison of Japanese and US group participation, Hisako Murakami

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Information and communication technologies in support of sustainable human development, El-Tayeb Amna Musa

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Zambia's structural adjustment program : a tool for survival or just another economic experiment?, Kaemba Mwale

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Japanese study abroad agents : realities and recommendations for the international student recruiter, Anthony C. Ogden

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Welfare to work : the time it takes to find a job, Michelle Olson

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Experiences of single people working internationally: focus on crisis and trauma, Mari Ostendorf

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A study of international models for working with street children, Nicole R. Otte

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"The exotic other" : racist stereotyping in world history teaching, Jenny Otting

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Conflict resolution and intervention : positive approaches to school conflict, Kathryn Otting

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Peace Corps' - New England office - recruiter recruitment practices, John Patrone

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An assessment of the role of BRAC training centres during the Bangledesh flood of 1998, Habibur Rahman

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Communications and disaster response, John T. Rasmussen

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Beyond the tiger's stripes: examining the role of resources in breaking down stereotypes about the Hispanic business community, Elizabeth Rosenberg

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Communicating across cultures and cyberspace : electronic mail and admission of international students of English in the U.S. higher education context, Laura E. Rumbley

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Women's spiritual lives and acadamia : creation and sustainability of alternate worldviews in the scholarly realm, Jeannine Ryser

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Managing international development activities : a comparative analysis of projects in international development and training (PIDT) and the Mitchell Group Inc., Fadima B. Savadogo

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Concrescence for sustainability : the collaboration of civil society and the Earth Charter campaign toward a new development, Tobin Scipione

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Challenges facing supportive employment programs, Wendy S. Senft

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An evaluation of the Fall 1996 New International Student Orientation at Michigan State University : student's perceptions, Rebecca L. Shelp

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Exploring the connection between reproductive health trainings and empowerment for internally displaced women in Azerbaijan, Marjorie Singer

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White ally as a further stage of white racial identity development, Brooke Smith

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The acculturation of social auditing in Aotearoa : some preliminary findings, John M. Stansfield

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Valuing the expatriate assignment as a means to achieving global corporate culture : an organizational analysis of international human resources, Sharon L. Stebbins

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The quest for change : Arab and Jewish young women as the leaders of tomorrow, Marla Elizabeth Stein

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Considerations for design of cross-cultural training programs for single expatriates, Joan M. Stewart

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An ally in admissions : an investigation of the attitudes, awarenesses, and skills needed for diversity recruitment, Amy Stone

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WA : creating a harmony between Eastern spirituality and traditional American management values for enhanced employee motivation and effective leadership in the 21st century, Ai Tanaka

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A diversity working group: initial signs of efficacy, Tanya Naomi Cruz Teller

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The AFS-USA/service learning link, Robin A. Weber

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Challenge education : a strategy for responding to fear brought up by issues of social justice, Kimberly L. Weeter

Submissions from 1998

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Women and Transformation: Personal Narratives of Four Women, Debra Annibella

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A Critical Analysis of the Impact of Overseas Volunteers on Their Host Communities, Kristina Bailey

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Improving Diversity and Representation in AmeriCorps Programs, Rick Barry

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How do poor people in Bangladesh organize and manage village organizations (VOS) at the grassroots, Kedar P. Bhattarai

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Strengthening the government-NGO relationship in Bangladesh, Mominul Haque Bhuyan

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A College Semester Abroad Study Program in Tanzania: Evaluation and Grading of Intercultural Competencies, Charlotte KirKirkegaard Blessing

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A Study of Cross-Cultural Awareness in a Transnational Corporation’s Technical Training Course, Patricia A. Bonney

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Serving in culture C : the experience of Peace Corps volunteers in ethnically-mixed communities in Macedonia, Matthew E. Brown

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Impact Assessment of the Red Cross International Development Synposium for Youth, George Chandler