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Cepek, Rebecca – Honors in Practice, 2022
A literary dictionary assignment provides honors students with an understanding of the ways knowledge shifts and changes over time as well as an opportunity to create knowledge rather than just recall correct answers.
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Assignments, Dictionaries, Definitions
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Herron, Jerry – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
In his 1837 essay "The American Scholar," Ralph Waldo Emerson offers a challenge that is appropriate for honors practitioners today--namely, to figure out just how good a time this is to be doing the work we do. Honors students, faculty, and staff occupy every part of the institutions we call home, so we should take advantage of our…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Educational Benefits, Best Practices, Value Added Models
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Badenhausen, Richard – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2020
Using Michel Foucault's writing on discipline and training, the author suggests that processes like certification ultimately serve as covert normalizing activities that run counter to the spirit and practice of honors education. The author argues for an open, fluid, generative approach to honors program review.
Descriptors: Certification, Honors Curriculum, Program Evaluation, Standards
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Bhavsar, Suketu P. – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2020
This essay is an invitation to consider a paradigm shift in the academy, one that allows and encourages us to bring our whole selves into our teaching and professional lives. I describe a set of values that permits and encourages the expression of a rigorously examined inner self in harmony with the traditional expression of our scholarly selves…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Altruism, Honors Curriculum, Teaching Methods
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Kolster, Renze – European Journal of Higher Education, 2021
Excellence ('honours') programmes are a relatively new way in Dutch higher education institutions to serve the needs of talented and ambitious students, but may also serve as a testing ground for educational innovations. Using the structural ambidexterity concept, this paper investigates if and how excellence education functions as explorative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Honors Curriculum, Educational Innovation, Higher Education
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Swanson, Nathan W. – Honors in Practice, 2022
A series of courses on the Evolution of Ideas introduces interdisciplinary study, develops collaborative discourse, and promotes a sense of community among first-year honors students. The curriculum encourages faculty to use a range of strategies to help students understand an idea and its history while also fostering awareness as to its social,…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cooperative Learning, Cartography
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Guzy, Annmarie – Honors in Practice, 2022
Topics and resources from honors education are used to teach argumentation in writing composition. The author discusses efficacies for increasing student awareness of, and reflection on, issues in honors education while engaging first-year students in honors issues that directly affect their lives.
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition)
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Portnoy, Jeffrey A. – Honors in Practice, 2021
Jeffrey A. Portnoy offers some history of the journals and monographs published by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) as well as insights into the work done by NCHC's Publications Board and its editors. He provides several morals or lessons based on his leadership roles and long career in honors education. [This article presents a…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Videoconferencing, Public Speaking, Honors Curriculum
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White, Leah – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
This essay challenges boundaries in honors that are both intentional and unavoidable. Reflecting on what appears to be an overemphasis on boundaries and gatekeeping within honors, the author urges practitioners to consider its exclusionary culture and the extent to which it circles around its stated goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Inclusion, Diversity, Equal Education
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Chen, Wei-Lin; Chan, Yun-Wen – Journal of Moral Education, 2022
This study aims to explore the relationships between different types of student engagement and moral reasoning development among U.S. college students. Using the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, a longitudinal dataset, and applying fixed-effect and random-effects models, the results indicate that various types of student…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Thinking Skills, Learner Engagement, Undergraduate Students
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Frana, Philip L. – Honors in Practice, 2022
An interdisciplinary honors course titled "Minds, Machines, and Meaning" incorporates the notion of the algorithmic imaginary, which explains how people make use of algorithms to create new information infrastructures and communities and how these algorithms shape us in turn. Describing a culminating writing assignment in speculative…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics, Writing Assignments
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Lieberman, Ilene D. – Honors in Practice, 2021
This essay explores the conceptual and practical implications of an honors forum relating to artful expression and the phenomenon of sequester in place (SIP). As monthly general education offerings for first-year students, Honors Forums feature an array of thematic events associated with the freshman cohort. Noting challenges relating to remote…
Descriptors: Creativity, COVID-19, Pandemics, College Freshmen
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Sondag, Lynn – Honors in Practice, 2021
Service-learning curriculum is grounded in a critical, asset-based framework of community engagement to guide honors students beyond a mere acquisition of skills toward understanding how participatory and democratic processes increase social equity and justice. An innovative, collaborative community arts program is described.
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Service Learning, Honors Curriculum, Social Justice
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Stoller, Aaron – Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
This essay argues that in order for honors to occupy and transform the academy it must begin by transforming itself. Drawing on Homi Bhabha's notion of "third space," the author argues that the traditional epistemic paradigms in higher education are inadequate for conceptualizing the praxis-driven work required in honors. Honors should…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Educational Change, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Mitra, Sunayana; Wagner, Eugene – Journal of Chemical Education, 2021
All students pursuing STEM careers need to be adept at interpreting and evaluating primary research literature. The complexity of research articles requires significant practice and training in order to become skilled and efficient at this process. Thus, an early start in undergraduate education is essential and allows for development and practice…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Primary Sources, Scientific Research, Chemistry
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