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ERIC Number: EJ1104384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
From Orientation Needs to Developmental Realities: The Honors First-Year Seminar in a National Context
Vander Zee, Anton; Folds-Bennett, Trisha; Meyer-Bernstein, Elizabeth; Reardon, Brendan
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v17 n1 p115-149 Spr-Sum 2016
The transition into college remains one of the most formative and complex phases in an individual's life. Institutions of higher learning have responded to the challenges facing first-year students in myriad ways, most often by offering summer orientation programs, dynamic living-learning environments, tailored academic and psychological support services, and dedicated first-year seminars (FYSs) that seek to engage students in a range of curricular and co-curricular experiences. However, the honors community lacks a comprehensive analytical framework that might provide an informed approach to the honors FYS. Important topics related to honors FYSs include how prevalent they are on campuses across the U.S.; what distinguishes them from other FYS offerings on campus; what kinds of resources they share with broader-campus programs; what curricular structures and learning outcomes characterize them; and what types of considerations motivate the creation of distinct seminars for first-year honors students. This overview of the honors FYS is based on a national survey of honors programs and colleges conducted in 2014, and addresses these topics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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