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ERIC Number: EJ816861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
A Qualitative Study of Honor Students' Learning Orientations: The Rare Liberal Scholar
Storrs, Debbie; Clott, Lynsie
College Student Journal, v42 n1 p57-69 Mar 2008
Despite the rhetoric of valuing a liberal education, many institutions are implementing a business model of education as a consequence of increasing costs and decreasing state funding. Honors programs serve as one of the isolated arenas in institutions of higher education that explicitly foster and encourage a liberal arts orientation. Based on interview data, we examine honors students' learning orientation in light of this. Using the analytical concept of an "ideal type" we identify "liberal scholars," "players," "critical players," and "getting by" as the four student learning orientations expressed by honors students. Our analysis reveals that some honors students experience conflict between the business and liberal education models that co-exist at institutions of higher education and relatively few students embraced a liberal arts orientation despite honors programs' attempts to facilitate one. We conclude by critically discussing the larger cultural context that encourages honors students to view learning simply as a means to an end.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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