Honors in Europe: Patchworking Talent Development Programs

Maarten Hogenstijn, Marca V.C. Wolfensberger

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Europe-wide developments regarding the development of honors education and research on these programs in Europe is given. Country-specific factors determine to a large extent how the offering of extra programs to talented and motivated students in higher education is designed. Furthermore, the use of terminology with regard to honors education has a strong political component and appears to be culturally sensitive. This may endanger the growth of honors education, but still honors education around Europe has been on the rise since the late 1990s and its increase goes hand-in-hand with the development of networks and structured research into this type of education. A group of honors pioneers started the European Honors Council. They are instigators of a silent revolution spreading over Europe in which more people feel free to embrace talent development. The European Honors Council supports honors networks to share knowledge and stimulate honors education and perform research on education of talented students in higher education in Europe. However, faculty development and international connections can be strengthened. There is a clear need for more research on the effects of talent development and honors programs in higher education and its ‘added value’ for both students and teachers and at the institutional level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHonors Education around the World
EditorsGraeme Harper
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN (Print)9781527576339
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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