Rebels in the Classroom: Creativity and Risk-Taking in Honors Pedagogy

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As teachers in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors College, we face semester after semester a familiar classroom scenario. There they are, our students, arranged around the room, eyeing us with some degree of suspicion mixed with a healthy amount of good will and desire to please. They want to do well; they want to work hard, but they also might be just a little bit bored, a little bit restless. They would love to try something new but are too afraid to do so. They grow terrified when pushed out of their comfort zones and faced with new challenges that might threaten their GPAs and hopes of medical or law school.


Academic achievement; Academic achievement—Analysis; Academic achievement—Evaluation; College students—Evaluation; Creative ability; Creative thinking; Creativity—Analysis; Educational environment—Analysis; Student evaluation—Analysis; Teaching methods--Analysis


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Higher Education | Library and Information Science


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