But part of the answer could be found outside formal education, before students set foot on campus.
As president of the board of the American Gap Association , which sets standards and accredits gap-year programs for high-school graduates to participate in before they start college, I have the privilege of helping promote the practice for U. Common in Europe and Australia, the gap year —taken the year before starting college—is growing in popularity among American students.
How do the college-bound spend their gap years? Many defer college admission to volunteer overseas, but others stay within the U. The main idea is that they be immersed in new environments that expand their skills and their perspectives, so that they can see themselves and their world in a new light. Each year, more colleges encourage gap years: Public and private colleges around the country—including all the Ivy League universities—are endorsing gap years and setting up special deferment policies for interested students.
Still, not all colleges and scholarship programs allow deferrals, so students should inquire during the application process. Gap years are becoming more accessible to lower-income students.
Pages: Price: ISBN: With many colleges and universities citing global citizenship in their mission statements or claiming global competencies as the outcome of a twenty-first-century liberal arts curriculum, the experience of a gap year has become increasingly valuable. Despite its popularity, we actually know very little about the gap year's impact upon students or host communities-until now.
How do gap years actually act pedagogically to help people learn? What role do gap years play in student development? And, how do students make meaning out of themselves, others, and the world p.
As little empirical research on this subject has been undertaken, O'Shea's research helps us to carefully consider the value that gap years bring to our academic institutions. The book is usefully divided into two parts. The first part shares student stories about their gap-year experiences and illustrates what was meaningful for them.
Get our free daily newsletter. Gap years are in no way "a year off. This is perhaps the most useful section of the book as there is little literature on the presumed benefits of the gap year and its impact on students, and even less literature that seeks to connect these findings within broader educational theories. Read preview. LOG IN. Account Activated Your account has been reactivated. Enter your email below, and we'll send you another email.
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