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The decade since publication of "Place as Text: Approaches to Active Learning" has seen an explosion of interest and productivity in the field of experiential education. This monograph presents a story of an experiment and a blueprint of sorts for anyone interested in enriching an existing program or willing to experiment with pedagogy and modes of inquiry. Examples of successful extrapolations illustrate how adaptations can work in different locales and with several age groups. Contributions to this monograph attempt to describe and recount, to explain, and to invite collaborators into a team effort of unusual complexity and singular success. The following contents are included: (1) Dedication and Acknowledgments; (2) Preface to the Second Edition (Ada Long and Bernice Braid); (3) Introduction (Bernice Braid); (4) Honors Semesters: Anatomy of Active Learning (William Daniel); (5) Honors Semesters: An Architecture of Active Learning (Bernice Braid); (6) Internal Assessment of Honors Semesters (Ann Raia); (7) External Evaluation of Honors Semesters (Ada Long); (8) Student Perspectives on Honors Semesters (Elizabeth Beck); (9) Other Structural Models of Active Learning: (a) City as Textâ„¢ (Bernice Braid); (b) Faculty Institutes (William Daniel); (c) Summer High School Field Experiences (Bernice Braid); (d) Sleeping Bag Seminars (Joan Digby); (e) College Recruitment Exercises (Bernadette Low); (f) Orientation Exercises (Bernadette Low); (g) Professional Development Exercises (Bernadette Low); (h) Other Courses (Bernadette Low); and (i) Partners in the Parks (Joan Digby); (10) Public Products of Personal Discoveries (Ada Long); (11) An Example of Active Learning in the College Classroom (Shirley Forbes Thomas); (12) Active Learning in a National Context: (j) Honors Milestones (Ann Raia, Rosalie Saltzman, and Ada Long); and (k) Future Directions (Ada Long); (13) Recommended Readings (Bernice Braid and Ada Long) The following are appended: (1) Planning an Honors Semester (Elizabeth Beck and Lillian Mayberry); (2) Planning a City as Textâ„¢ Walkabout (Bernice Braid); (3) Planning a Sleeping Bag Seminar (Joan Digby); and (4) Resource People (Ada Long). The following Sample Honors Semester Evaluation Forms are included: (1) Pre-Semester Faculty Questionnaire; (2) End-of-Semester Faculty Questionnaire; (3) Post-Semester Faculty Evaluation/Assessment; (4) Pre-Semester Student Questionnaire; (5) End-of-Semester Student Questionnaire; (6) Post-Semester Student Assessment/Evaluation; and (7) End-of-Semester Evaluator's Summary of Group Discussion. An About the Authors section is included. (Individual papers contain references.) [For a companion piece to this monograph, "Shatter the Glassy Stare: Implementing Experiential Learning in Higher Education--"A Companion Piece to Place as Text: Approaches to Active Learning." National Collegiate Honors Council Monograph Series," see ED566712.]

Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Active Learning, Experiential Learning, Teaching Methods, Summer Programs, High School Students, Student Recruitment, Institutes (Training Programs), Faculty Development, Parks, Futures (of Society), Seminars, Program Descriptions, Teacher Evaluation, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Higher Education, College Faculty

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Author: Braid, Bernice, Ed.; Long, Ada, Ed.


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