M.V.C. Wolfensberger

M.V.C. Wolfensberger
Utrecht University | UU · AND Hanzehogeschool Groningen

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This exploratory study investigated the perceived waiting time of gifted high-achieving honors students at their university and compares this to the perceived waiting time these students experienced in secondary schools. The study aimed to find reasons for, experiences with, and coping strategies for waiting time in classes at these two types of in...
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This study considers the value of honors programs by investigating alumni perspectives of learning goals relative to personal and professional development. Using a longitudinal cross-sectional survey instrument, authors track participants (n = 79) for four consecutive years (2017–2021). Qualitative measures indicate the importance of freedom to dev...
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Honors programs and similar initiatives aimed at evoking excellence of students are increasingly promoted in higher education. However, there is a lack of conceptual clarity with regard to the concept of ‘student excellence’. The purpose of this article is to present a conceptual framework, called FACE (Framework for Analyzing Conceptions of Excell...
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This study was explorative and aimed at in-depth understanding of personal resources students use to reach success, in the demanding context of honours education. Becoming successful in higher education demands a lot from students. Considering the Job Demands-Resources model it is expected that personal resources help students succeed. We explore w...
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Empathy competence is considered a key aspect of excellent performance in communication professions. But we lack an overview of the specific knowledge, attitudes, and skills required to develop such competence in professional communication. Through interviews with 35 seasoned communication professionals, this article explores the role and nature of...
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Wir sind es gewohnt zu warten und finden uns meist schnell damit ab. Wenn man jedoch ständig warten muss, wird es ärgerlich und frustrierend. Diese Erfahrung müssen begabte Schüler*innen fast jede Schulstunde machen. Ausgehend von der aktuellen Forschung und einer durchgeführten qualitativen Studie mit Schüler*innen der Sekundarstufe 1 werden in di...
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Competencies deemed relevant and meaningful by international business professionals and implemented in IB education, still do not produce work-ready graduates. This may be because these competencies are not perceived as relevant or meaningful by students. This study was conducted to gain students’ perspectives on the relevance and meaningfulness of...
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This paper details the lessons learned in the process of setting up a new open access (OA) journal from scratch. The Journal of the European Honors Council (JEHC) was started in 2016, published its first issue in 2017, and is currently publishing its fifth issue. The development of JEHC is described in four phases: lead-up to the first idea (2015-2...
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This paper details the lessons learned in the process of setting up a new open access (OA) journal from scratch. The Journal of the European Honors Council (JEHC) was started in 2016, published its first issue in 2017 and is currently publishing its fifth issue. The development of JEHC is described in four phases: lead-up to the first idea (2015-20...
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How can undergraduate students be prepared for global citizenship? This question was investigated in a mixed-methods case study of an international, blended one-semester course. Undergraduate honors students (N = 22) from the USA and the Netherlands collaborated to explore what it means to be a member of the global community. Curriculum guidelines...
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Teacher development courses should be based on both research and literature to promote their success and impact in practice. In this article, we translate the findings of research studies and theories into evidence-based design principles for a professional development course for honors teachers. This course was evaluated on the level of teacher re...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to clarify which knowledge, skills and behaviors are used to describe excellent performance in professional communication. As the demand for talented communication professionals increases, organizations and educators need an empirically defined set of performance criteria to guide the development of (potential...
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This pilot study investigates the development and delivery of a 112-hour Dutch undergraduate honors course for global citizenship education, called Society 2.0. The theory-based curriculum guidelines Global Justice Citizenship Education (GJCE) were used to build the course by a development team consisting of two teachers, two honors students, and o...
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There is a global demand for talented managers and leaders. To meet this demand, higher education institutions are developing talent programs. However, international perception of talent is diffuse. In this study, our profile of highly talented international business professionals was internationally validated by 172 participants, representing East...
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Using a mixed method approach, this case study investigates effects on the participating students ( N=25 ) of an undergraduate honors course in the Netherlands, aimed at global justice citizenship. Knowledge about effects of global citizenship courses is still limited. The Ethical Sensitivity Scale Questionnaire and the Global Citizenship Scale wer...
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Background Over the past few years, the complexity of the health care system in which nurses are required to practice has increased considerably, magnifying the need for excellent professionals with a specific set of knowledge, skills and attitudes. However, the characteristics that distinguish an excellent nurse have not yet been clarified.The aim...
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For decades, Scandinavian culture effectively prohibited the development of special provisions for talented students in higher education. However, in recent years, a cultural shift has gradually made more room for excellence and talent development in the national discourses. This paper analyzes the climate for talent development in Denmark, Sweden,...
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Samenvatting: Excellentieprogramma's staan sinds de start van het Sirius Programma hoog op de nationale onderwijsagenda. Intrinsiek gemotiveerde honoursstudenten prefereren docenten die hun motivatie voeden door autonomie-ondersteuning, gecombineerd met het bieden van structuur en verbondenheid. Deze studie richt zich op de samenhang tussen hoe een...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the characteristics of talent in relation to international business to facilitate selection and development of talent in human resources (HR) and human resource development (HRD). Design/methodology/approach – A mixed method design was used: focus groups with business professionals to identify the...
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Purpose-This paper aims to establish the profile of an excellent facility manager in The Netherlands. Design/methodology/approach − As part of a large-scale study on profiles of excellent professionals, a study was carried out to find the key characteristics of an excellent facility manager. Three panel sessions were held in different regions of Th...
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In the Netherlands, all research universities and most universities of applied sciences have set up one or more honors programs for their students over the last 20 years. Most programs have been developed for bachelor students, but there are also programs for master students. This development has been supported by subsidies through the national Sir...
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In Norway, providing equal opportunities is a central thought in education policy. This principle has led to a system where differentiation according to academic ability is effectively prohibited by law, frowned upon by society, and thus virtually non-existent. The ‘Law of Jante’, suggesting that ‘you are not to think you are special or that you ar...
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This chapter develops and presents a working definition for honors programs: Honors programs are selective study programs linked to higher education institutions. They are designed for motivated and gifted students who want to do more than the regular program offers. These programs have clear admission criteria and clear goals and offer educational...
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Denmark has a strong Nordic egalitarian tradition. The ‘Law of Jante’, suggesting that ‘you are not to think you are special or that you are any better than we’, originated in Denmark. However, attitudes towards excellence have changed in recent years. In the early 2000s, the government started to prioritize talent development and stimulated this w...
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Germany has an extensive network for the support of talented children and students, mainly organized in extracurricular and individualized support programs. In higher education, this works mostly through grant programs that are at least partly financed by private foundations. In recent years, both companies and students themselves have started to f...
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In Austria, excellence in education is a very topical subject. The influential Austrian Research and Support Center for the Gifted and Talented (ÖZBF) has released different articles and reports aimed at a systemic and inclusive approach towards education for the gifted and talented, and this has found its way into politics. However, so far, the fo...
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The country of Switzerland resembles a patchwork: 26 cantons each have their own education system and the government model is very complex. Multilingualism is an important subject in Switzerland. The country officially recognizes four languages; almost a quarter of the population is foreign, and a large part of this group speaks yet a different lan...
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This final chapter presents final thoughts and proposes some directions for further research. Promotion of excellence in education is valuable for many reasons. It has benefits for all parties involved: higher education institutions, policymakers, teaching staff, the participating students themselves and even the country as a whole. To further stud...
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Luxembourg is a small country with around half a million inhabitants and only one university, founded in 2003. Education is shaped by multilingualism and an international focus. Children are taught in German, French, Luxembourgish, and foreign languages such as English. A European overview showed that Luxembourg has the highest share of students wh...
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In Belgium, the education system is complicated: it is not governed at the national level, but by the Flemish, French, and German-speaking communities. The focus on excellence in Belgium is more recent than in the Netherlands and, so far, it is strongest in the Flemish community. Excellence in education is hardly supported by policy or funding from...
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Sweden has a very egalitarian culture, with the ‘Law of Jante’, suggesting that ‘you are not to think you are special or that you are any better than us’, holding a strong position in society. This is reflected in the country’s education policy, where there is hardly any differentiation, except to some extent in the system of private schools that e...
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This study reviewed the special provisions for talented students at 303 higher education institutions in 11 countries, with almost four million students altogether. In total, honors programs are found to be up and running at 72 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in 6 countries. Over half of all institutions with honors programs are situated in th...
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Iceland is still recovering from the massive blow in 2008, when its banking system collapsed and economic and political unrest followed. The crisis was dealt with relatively quickly and successfully. Many sectors have been reformed, including the education system which had already gone through some major reforms the years before. In the last decade...
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Finland’s education system served as an example to many countries in the last decade because of its high scores in international reports such as PISA, which compares 15-year-old’s educational achievements. The Finnish education system aims to advance the growth of the individual as a whole, which means that extensive socio-ethical and arts educatio...
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Titel: Autonomie-ondersteuning als doceerstijl in extracurriculaire excellentieprogramma's binnen het HBO Samenvatting (max 120 woorden) Gemotiveerde (Honours) studenten hebben behoefte aan een autonomie-ondersteunende doceerstijl (Núñez, Fernández, León, & Grijalvo, 2014). In het huidige onderzoek onder docenten (N = 54) van zes hogescholen is van...
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This book examines the much-debated question of how to unleash the potential of young people with promising intellectual abilities and motivation. It looks at the increasingly important topic of excellence in education, and the shift in focus towards the provision of programs to support talented students in higher education. It provides a systemati...
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The main aim of this book is to present an overview of the available information about educational offers for talented students in higher education in 11 European countries and place it within the relevant local, educational and societal context with regard to excellence. The book is based on explorative research, and its scientific aim is to open...
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This key chapter draws five basic conclusions. First, from the early 2000s, talent development has been put higher on the agenda. The culture towards talent development has become more positive and has received a place in most educational philosophies. Second, the Netherlands clearly is the front runner in the development of honors programs. All Du...
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This study examines the ethical sensitivity of high-ability undergraduate students (n=731) in the Netherlands who completed the 28-item Ethical Sensitivity Scale Questionnaire (ESSQ) developed by Tirri & Nokelainen (2007; 2011). The ESSQ is based on Narvaez’ (2001) operationalization of ethical sensitivity in seven dimensions. The following researc...
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Het applaus van de bezoekers van het Amsterdams Concertgebouw was overweldigend. De 120 jonge muzikanten van het Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra leken er beduusd van. Hun dirigent, Benjamin Zander, had het Concertgebouw al een jaar geleden vastgelegd voor dit optreden. Overigens, ruim voor zijn eerste repetitie met dit orkest. Zulk een aanpak p...
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De ontwikkeling tot excellente professional begint al tijdens de opleiding, onder andere door het aanbieden van programma’s die ontwikkeld zijn voor de excel‐ lente student, de zogenoemde honoursprogramma’s. Een excellente student maakt bij de start van haar of zijn studie onderdeel uit van een nog niet naar talent of kwaliteit gedifferentieerde st...
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Excellentie en studiecultuur staan in het hoger onderwijsbeleid al geruime tijd hoog op de agenda. Dit artikel gaat nader in op cultuuraspecten van het onderwijs en wil een aanzet leveren voor een meer systematisch denkkader over cultuurverandering in het hoger onderwijs. Leidende vragen zijn: wat kenmerkt de cultuur van honoursstudenten, waarin ve...
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Het hoofddoel van deze studie is het verkrijgen van inzicht in welke factoren van het honoursonderwijs een meerwaarde opleveren voor het leren van studenten in honours‐ programma’s. Deze studie draagt hiermee bij aan kennis over de relatie tussen excellen‐ tiebevorderend onderwijs enerzijds en leergedrag en motivatie van studenten ander‐ zijds. De...
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The Research Centre for Talent Development in Higher Education and Society, based at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, organised the first international conference “Evoking Excellence in Higher Education and Beyond”. This conference brought together scholars and educators from around the world to share their work in promoting...
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Determining what constitutes an excellent allied health care professional (AHCP) is important, since this is what will guide the development of curricula for training future physical therapists, oral hygienists, speech therapists, diagnostic radiographers, and dietitians. This also determines the quality of care. To describe perspectives of AHCPs o...
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In the eight years since the original version of this study was published, a lot has changed in the Dutch honours landscape. Stimulated by governmental measures, many new honours programmes were—and are being— developed, not only within academic universities but now also in more than half of the universities of applied sciences (UAS) (Wolfensberger...
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An issue of JNCHC devoted to “Honors Around the Globe” is an important opportunity to consider the role of honors in creating international awareness and understanding. Honors faculty and administrators have become increasingly active in global cross-communication through, for instance, international involvement in the NCHC and the recent conferenc...
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Amission statement that identifies the goals and aims of an honors program is a key step in program development. The NCHC’s Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program states unequivocally that a successful honors program “has a clear mandate from the institution’s administration in the form of a mission statement or charter document...
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In Dutch universities, honors programs are a fast growing development. The first such programs started in 1993. Twenty years later a large number of programs are implemented at nearly all research universities and also at many universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Recent data have revealed significant diversity in the types and struc...
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One of the factors that differentiate honors from regular teaching at the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, is the freedom that honors students enjoy, a freedom that evokes excellence because it is focused and targeted. This targeted freedom takes three different shapes in our honors program and comes with specific chal...
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Het Nederlandse Hoger Onderwijs richt zich steeds meer op het bevorderen van excellentie onder studenten. Honoursprogramma’s en Colleges bieden talentvolle en gemotiveerde studenten nieuwe mogelijkheden. Volgens afspraken tussen het ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap en de Nederlandse universiteiten moet het aantal studenten dat aan di...
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Dit is een voorpublicatie van het volledige rapport over de inventarisatie van excellentieprogramma’s in 2009-2010. In deze voorpublicatie zal alleen worden ingegaan op het aantal programma’s en het aantal studenten. De inventarisatie is bedoeld om in kaart te brengen welke Honours programma’s en excellentieprogramma’s er in 2010 in het HBO in de b...
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Honoursprogramma’s zijn sinds enkele jaren onderdeel van het universitaire onderwijs en het hoger beroepsonderwijs in Nederland. Over de kenmerken van honoursprogramma’s in de bachelorfase zijn gegevens verzameld bij Nederlandse en Amerikaanse honoursprogramma’s. De analyse laat zien dat er een grote diversiteit in honoursprogramma’s is, maar dat e...
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Met site visitors van de NCHC zijn in november 2006 interviews gehouden om een ‘inside view’ van het functioneren van honoursprogramma te krijgen. Deze programma ’s worden aangeboden aan de meer talenvolle en gemotiveerde studenten. Op dertien gebieden met betrekking tot opzet, organisatie en uitvoering van honoursprogramma’s is naar succesvolle en...
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November 2006 is er onder de site visitors van de National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC, Amerikaanse vereniging van betrokkenen bij honoursprogramma’s) in de VS een enquête gehouden om na te gaan hoe talentontwikkeling in Amerikaanse honoursprogramma’s gestalte kreeg en wat er de meerwaarde van is. Site visitors zijn onderwijsinspecteurs én advi...
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In Dutch Universities Honours Programmes are a recent and fast growing development. The first such programmes started in 1993 as tracks for students who want to do more and can do more than the regular programme asks them to do. Ten years later 25 programmes have been developed at nearly all Dutch research-based universities. Remarkable are the div...
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Er is veel enthousiasme voor de ontwikkeling van honoursonderwijs Honoursonderwijs is snel in omvang toegenomen in het WO en (recent) ook in het HBO. De innoverende kwaliteiten brengen veel enthousiasme teweeg bij de betrokkenen studenten, docenten en onderwijsleiding. Honours is ‘anders, niet meer van hetzelfde’ Honours is anders door meer diepgan...
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Onderwerp voor dit EMP-project was het inventariseren van docentervaringen met het ‘uitdagen van talent’ bij studenten, in het kader van excellente tracés en ‘honours’ activiteiten. Gecombineerd met kennis uit de onderwijskundige literatuur over de begeleiding van excellente studenten zou dit geschikte informatie kunnen geven voor scholing van een...
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Een nieuwe onderwijsfilosofie in zicht Langzamerhand doet een nieuwe onderwijsfilosofie zijn intrede te doen in het hoger onderwijs in Nederland. Het afgelopen decennium was dat studeerbaarheid: zorg dat het onderwijs optimaal en efficiënt is ingericht om studenten een studieprogramma te bieden waarin niet-functionele obstakels zijn verdwenen en...
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In Dutch Universities Honours Programmes are a recent and fast growing development. The first such programmes started in 1993 as tracks for students who want to do more and can do more than the regular programme asks them to do. Ten years later 25 programmes have been developed at nearly all Dutch research-based universities. Remarkable are the div...
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Het stimuleren van talent en excellentie in universitair onderwijs staat in de belangstelling. Honoursprogramma’s sluiten aan op deze ontwikkeling en zijn een snelgroeiend fenomeen in het wetenschappelijk onderwijs. In 1993 startte het eerste excellente tracé aan de Universiteit Utrecht; nu kennen nagenoeg alle Nederlandse universiteiten honourspro...
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Honors programs are a recent and fast growing development in Dutch universities. The first such programs started in 1993. Ten years later 25 programs have been launched at ten universities. Significant are the diversity in the type of programs, their length, and their positioning in the curriculum. In this study we describe the types of programs, t...
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Programma's voor getalenteerde studenten in het hoger onderwijs, ook wel honoursonderwijs genoemd, staan in Nederland op dit moment sterk in de belangstelling. Om inspiratie op te doen voor de opzet van dergelijke progÍamma's is een inventariserend onderzoek uitgevoerd naar de opzet, uitvoering en achtergronden van talentprogramma's in het bedrijfs...
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Een nieuw onderwijsparadigma doet zijn intrede in het hoger onderwijs in Nederland. Waar tien jaar geleden studeerbaarheid het centrale perspectief was is dat nu talentontwikkeling. In dit perspectief hebben studenten vooral talent dat kan en moet worden ontwikkeld. Wat betekent dit voor de didactische benadering van studenten? In de workshop zal w...