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ERIC Number: EJ1082334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Honors Dissertation Abstracts: A Bounded Qualitative Meta-Study
Holman, Debra K.; Banning, James H.
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v13 n1 p41-61 Spr-Sum 2012
A potential source of useful information about undergraduate honors education can be found in doctoral dissertation abstracts that focus on honors. Debra Holman and James Banning of Colorado State University sought to explore this resource by undertaking a bounded qualitative meta-study of such abstracts using document analysis. Three sub-questions focused their inquiry: (1) What are the general attributes of dissertations on honors education?; (2) What are the thematic subjects and topics associated with the dissertations?; and (3) Have these dissertation findings been published in higher education journals or books? This article provides an account of their research, including information on the meta-study framework they used, their selection of the dissertations for analysis, and their methods and procedures for analyzing the dissertations. Findings, a summary of publication-related trends for dissertations on honors education, and recommendations for future research are provided.
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Doctoral Dissertations, Undergraduate Students, Documentation, Qualitative Research, Meta Analysis, Content Analysis, Student Research, Gender Differences, Research Methodology, Academic Degrees, Classification, Evaluation, Curriculum, Instruction, Academic Achievement, Recruitment, Persistence, Student Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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