A comparison of attitudes and goals of eligible students : joiners versus non-joiners
Sawdo, Sharon L.
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An excerpt from the 1986-87 Northern Illinois University Honors Program Handbook states the philosophy of the NIU Honors Program. The philosophy suggests that the program is directed toward highly capable students with inquiring minds who wish to work independently on projects of their own design and who value the ability to interact with faculty in creating these independent projects. In past years, however, the Honors staff and faculty have questioned whether the philosophy they promote is in agreement with the philosophy of the highly capable students with whom they work. Are students with “high intellectual potential and demonstrated ability” interested in interacting with faculty, designing programs, and doing independent studies, or are they satisfied with formal lectures, pre-planned programs, and structured classroom assignments? In addition, are these students committed to “ideals of inquiry and learning” as ends in themselves or are they concerned with the career-training potential of education? Are the students being sought by the NIU Honors Program the students the program is expecting to find? These are the questions I pondered as I began designing my project.