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ERIC Number: EJ1081085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0143
City as Text™: To Blog or Not to Blog
Konkel, Margaret T.; Gammack, David
Honors in Practice, v11 p147-162 2015
In any honors program, the freshman seminar is designed to introduce incoming students to the rigors of collegiate honors study. The Marymount University Honors Program's freshman seminar (Honors 101) is no exception; its objectives follow many of the concepts outlined by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) alongside an interdisciplinary approach that supports the variety of majors represented in the incoming class. This paper presents a research study which examines the writing process and format centered on the Turning Point, or Critical Incident, Essay. As outlined by the NCHC, the Turning Point essay asks students to explore the relationship between meaning and context as informed not only by their personal observations and experiences in the excursion walkabouts but also through reading, discussion, and seminar interactions. The study described in this paper examined the use of personal blogging as a tool in completing Turning Point Essays in two consecutive Honors 101 City as Text™ (CAT) seminars. Researchers aimed to determine if more successful reflection and integration could be expected within the writing forum of a personal blog than in a word-limited essay submitted at the start of class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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