Roundtable Title:

Strengthening the Scholar through Self-Discovery: Considering the Role of Scholar Development Courses in Honors Education

Roundtable Description:

To fully engage with the extraordinary intellectual, ethical, and social demands they will face as leaders, investigators, and creators, our students must strive know themselves as well as they know their disciplines. As a result, programs are making space for self-discovery alongside the intellectual and professional training traditionally invested in by institutions. A brief discussion of the challenges and breakthroughs we experienced as designers of scholar development curricula will open up our discussion of how and why to foster self-awareness through coursework.  

Summary:

To fully engage with the extraordinary intellectual, ethical, and social emotional demands they will face as leaders, investigators, and creators, our students must strive know themselves as well as they know their disciplines. Though they may come to us with more privilege, education and experience than past generations, our students struggle to observe and reflect on their own lives. As a result, more Honors programs are making space for purposeful self-discovery alongside the intellectual investigation and professional exploration we have traditionally invested in as individuals and institutions. When we say “scholar development course,” we are describing a formal classroom experience, which challenges students to cultivate self-knowledge through existential exploration and practical experimentation. We will offer quick stories about the challenges and breakthroughs we experienced as designers of a range of scholar development curriculums as a frame for a larger discussion of creative approaches to fostering self-awareness through Honors coursework and program workshops. 

Scholar Development Course (SDC) DEFINED: a formal classroom experience, which challenges students to cultivate self-knowledge through existential exploration and practical experimentation.

PDF iconScholar Development Course Descriptions - NCHC 2015 - Strengthening the Scholar.pdf