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ERIC Number: EJ1082248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
Signifying Difference: The Nontraditional Student and the Honors Program
Reichert, Nancy
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v14 n1 p23-32 Spr-Sum 2013
In their essay "Nontraditional Honors," Janice Rye Kinghorn and Whitney Womack Smith state that students who are "twenty-five-years of age and older are usually considered nontraditional." However, they first acknowledge that "traditional" and "nontraditional" are "constructed and slippery terms." One of the most important ways that faculty and staff can serve students through an honors education is to deconstruct terms such as "traditional" and "nontraditional" in order to show the significant gaps between the signifiers and the signified and to expose the negative connotations of a construct that is defined as not being the other construct. Honors faculty, students, directors, and staff members who enter the dialogue concerning these constructs need to ensure that the terms are not reduced to stereotypes and are not reinforced by those participating in an honors education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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