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ERIC Number: EJ1082776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Honors Education and Global Citizenship
Wolfensberger, Marca V. C.
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v13 n2 p279-283 Fall-Win 2012
An issue of "Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council" devoted to "Honors Around the Globe" is an important opportunity to consider the role of honors in creating international awareness and understanding. Honors faculty and administrators have become increasingly active in global cross-communication through, for instance, international involvement in the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the recent conference on "Evoking Excellence in Higher Education and Beyond" in the Netherlands that attracted participants from numerous countries. As one becomes more familiar with honors in all its manifestation across the globe, now is a good time to consider the value provided by preparing students to contribute to this changing world. Honors administrators and faculty know that students must be educated so that they can discover answers to as yet unknown questions and challenges. Honors educators must enable them to find solutions using techniques that can only exist in dreams at present. Such techniques will allow the frontiers of human possibility to extend dramatically. Change itself has become systemic. The challenge is to educate in order to shape a sustainable future for all. Conflicts and problems have been created that now need to be solved. There is a need to educate in a way that inspires creative citizenship among people who are humble enough to recognize the powerful potential of collaboration, confident enough to confront tomorrow's problems, proud enough to sparkle with compassion, and ardent enough to make a better world. Honors programs, which function as laboratories for innovation in regular education, offer educational opportunities for talented, motivated students; educators have a special responsibility to inspire these students to respect other disciplines, cultures, and nationalities through genuine conversations, interactive learning, and international exchange. The aim must be to enhance, not compromise, human difference and dignity.
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Global Approach, Global Education, Citizenship, Cross Cultural Training, Humanistic Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, College Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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