Publication Date

1-1-1987

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Department

Department of Sociology

Abstract

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.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

245 unnumbered pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Alt Title

A comparison of attitudes and goals of eligible students : joiners vs. non-joiners

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Text

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