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ERIC Number: EJ1082716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
Self as Text: Adaptations of Honors Practice in Switzerland
Smith, Michaela Ruppert
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v13 n2 p101-106 Fall-Win 2012
City as Text™, the experiential learning program developed by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Honors Semesters Committee, has been adopted and adapted by hundreds if not thousands of educational institutions throughout the United States and beyond. This essay discusses how, having served on the Honors Semesters Committee, Michaela Smith exported the City as Text™ learning strategy to Switzerland while teaching in an International Baccalaureate Program in Geneva. She adapted City as Text™ for multi-disciplinary college preparatory students in Europe, and that adaptation might now serve as a model for experiential learning in honors programs and colleges in the United States and internationally. The focus and link between the City as Text™ experiences on two different continents and at two different levels of education is what she calls "Self as Text." City as Text™ is innately a tripartite process that encompasses Self as Text, City as Text™, and World as Text. In honors practices and their many adaptations, educators are empowering future leaders of a new, demanding, socially just, and globally sustainable tomorrow. Part of the magic of "Self as Text" is that it invites us to embark on a lifelong journey where all of us can find and re-find, invent and re-invent, ways of learning and seeing and knowing in ever-expanding contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland; United States
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