How to teach in Honours?
Honours programs are selective study programs designed for motivated and gifted students who want to do more than the regular program offers. The characteristics of Honours students and the goals of these educational programs ask for a specific approach of teachers; the needs and characteristics of honours students are to be met by pedagogical and didactical strategies and behaviors in order to realize a challenging learning environment for both teachers and students (Wolfensberger, 2012; Reis & Renzulli, 2010). Teachers educating gifted and talented students express a need for training, because they struggle with how to teach these students (Reis & Renzulli, 2010). In this workshop we want to discuss the teaching strategies which are essential for teaching in Honours. This discussion will be based on the participants own opinions and experiences and three research studies: 1) the research of Wolfensberger (2012) who formulated, based on literature and interviews, three pillars of Honours Pedagogy: creating a community, enhancing academic competence, and offering freedom; 2) Follow up study concerning the validation of these pillars in the US and the Netherlands; 3) Interview study with experienced teachers who teach regular as well as honours classes.
This workshop is given by Marjolein Heijne-Penninga and Tineke Kingma, of Hanze University of Applied Sciences; Windesheim.