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Bleicher, Elizabeth – Honors in Practice, 2020
The first-year seminar Why Are We Here? Student Culture and the Problem of College (WAWH) helps high-achieving students become motivated agents in their education by changing attitudes toward themselves, college, and their roles as students. The author presents the intentional design, execution, analysis, and results of the WAWH seminar, a…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, Intentional Learning
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Senter, Mary Scheuer – Honors in Practice, 2020
Engaging students in assessment practice benefits honors students, faculty, and administrators. Students gain meaningful research experience while honors programs receive data to help assess student learning and prepare for program review. A one-semester course, Program Evaluation Experiences, tasks students (n = 10) with collecting and analyzing…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Honors Curriculum, Student Research, Data Collection
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Zane, Len – Honors in Practice, 2020
Many of the numbers used to assess students are statistical in nature. The theoretical context underlying the production of a typical number or statistic used in student assessment is presented. The author urges readers to recognize objective data as subjective information and to carefully consider the numbers that often determine admission,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Statistical Analysis, Honors Curriculum, Admission Criteria
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Chaney, Beth H.; Christensen, Tim W.; Crawford, Alleah; Ford, Katherine; Godwin, W. Wayne; Weckesser, Gerald; Fraley, Todd; Little, Phoenix – Honors in Practice, 2020
Honors colleges aim to provide unique first-year experiences that promote life skills and emphasize process over product in an interdisciplinary setting that builds community. A two-semester, five-semester-hour course sequence with colloquia tackles these challenges by introducing an entrepreneurial mindset that pushes students toward innovative…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Honors Curriculum, Design, Thinking Skills
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Bahls, Patrick – Honors in Practice, 2020
Research indicates that a majority of honors students across the country are able to earn honors credit through the fulfillment of honors contracts. These learning contracts grant honors credit to students who perform additional work in non-honors-designated sections of other courses. Despite their popularity, little has been written on the design…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Authentic Learning, Contracts, College Credits
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Deka, Teddi S. – Honors in Practice, 2020
Students who begin in honors do not always complete program requirements. As an investigation into student retention, the author introduces a degree-planning workshop into a freshman seminar. The study involves two groups of students from different incoming classes: one (2018) participating in their degree-planning through the workshop and the…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, School Holding Power, College Freshmen, Planning
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Watkins, Adam; Tehrani, Zahra – Honors in Practice, 2020
Creative writing offers a critical and innovative form of inquiry promoting integrative learning that transcends disciplinary barriers. Authors first provide an overview of the scholarship on creative writing pedagogy, its unique capacity to engage a range of knowledge domains, and its significance for honors education. They then offer primary…
Descriptors: Humanities, STEM Education, Creative Writing, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Carrell, John; Keaty, Hannah; Wong, Aliza – Honors in Practice, 2020
Humanities have traditionally played a limited role in STEM education, yet their natural connections may be used to enrich academic understanding and student experience. Authors explore their mutuality by presenting an interdisciplinary curriculum, Humanities-Driven STEM (HDSTEM). Unlike other iterations of blended disciplines, HDSTEM provides…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Honors Curriculum, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Gertsenzon, Galit – Honors in Practice, 2020
Forbidden Sounds: The Music of the Holocaust considers the historical events of the Holocaust in the context of music. The honors course explores diverse roles that music played during the years 1933-1945, including the Nazi use of music as a means for censorship and discrimination; music performance and creation in various Jewish ghettos and…
Descriptors: Music Education, Authoritarianism, Jews, War
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Badenhausen, Richard – Honors in Practice, 2020
This presidential speech to attendees of the 2019 NCHC annual conference in New Orleans resituates honors education as a site of deeply radical practices and provides a call to action to honors educators both to own the transgressiveness of our pedagogical approaches and to extend that troublemaking project to processes beyond the classroom,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Organizational Change, Conferences (Gatherings), Activism
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Holt, Richard – Honors in Practice, 2019
Transgressive pedagogical methods such as those advanced by Freire, Giroux, hooks, Kincheloe, McClaren, and others are enlisted to train honors students to assist organizational entities in the pet adoption sector, with the eventual goal of achieving the ideal of adoption, securing a "forever home." Three self-assigned groups of honors…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Service Learning, Adoption
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Pressler, Charlotte – Honors in Practice, 2019
Over the past three years, honors faculty at South Florida State College, a two-year college offering a limited number of workforce baccalaureates, have reinvented their program. Rather than the themed seminars and exploratory courses popular with an earlier generation, our honors courses now offer students project-based, faculty-guided…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students, Foreign Countries
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Shane, Jospeh W. – Honors in Practice, 2019
The majority of this essay describes the content, pedagogy, and assessments associated with an undergraduate, interdisciplinary honors seminar on science and religion. The seminar is structured around five major themes: (a) philosophy of science, religion, and their interactions, (b) historical and contemporary case studies, (c) the controversy…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Seminars, College Instruction
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Navarre, Joan; Kayser, Maddie; Pass, Dylan; Bisch, Marilyn; Smith, Catherine; Williamson, Andrew – Honors in Practice, 2019
In spring 2018, two honors colleges--Indiana State University (ISU) and University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout)--came together to create a cross-institutional collaboration blurring the boundaries between campuses. This project connected first-year honors students with the core curriculum of two geographically separated honors colleges. Building…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Classical Literature, Mythology, Story Telling
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Killinger, Mimi; Jackson, Maddy; Saucier, Samantha – Honors in Practice, 2019
"Honors Work: Seeing Gaps, Combining Gifts, Focusing on Wider Human Needs" describes the authors' collaborative work with high school girls to bring Canadian activist Leigh Boyle and "The Lipstick Project" story to Maine in April, 2017. "The Lipstick Project," which Boyle founded and directs, is a women-run volunteer…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, High School Students, Females, College School Cooperation
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