The 高级学者项目 encourage achievement and accelerated instruction to high-performing students.
第一个项目, 先进的干细胞研究, will provide a platform to engage in independent research within the fields of biological sciences, 物理科学, 行为科学, 和工程. Students with a deep interest in scientific discovery will have the ability to design and implement their own research projects throughout this year-long honors-level course. 通过从事文献研究, 生成可检验的假设, implementing an experiment and analyzing the results, students will develop the mastery to critically think about the scientific world. 正式的演讲, 或出版物, of the results at the end of the year will further develop the students’ communication and critical thinking skills.
Enrolled students must hold an interest in problem-solving and a deep desire to conduct independent research. 这取决于学生的兴趣, mentorships with regional scientists may be arranged to support the student with expert advice and exposure to a higher level of academic engagement. Placing a special emphasis on research directly related to 系统 within the Adirondack Park will further develop the relationship between 意大利贵宾会官网 and the community and foster with these young scientists a deeper awareness of their living environment.
The 高等人文研究计划 offers Northwood students the opportunity to engage in the highest level of academic inquiry by designing and executing a year-long research project in the humanities or social sciences. The program typifies student-led academic engagement by putting the student’s interest at the center of course design. Capitalizing on the intrinsic motivation that comes from being authentically interested and/or invested in a topic, the course prompts students to ask questions that can be answered by studying history, 文学, 语言, 文化, 系统, 或社会. No two courses of study will look the same.
The course begins with an introduction to the principles of scholarly research. 在第一学期, students will learn about the basic components of a research project—the problem, 研究问题, 文献综述, 概念框架, 数据收集和分析, and methods—while writing a research proposal and refining a research question. 在这第一步, students learn how to search scholarly databases, 学术期刊文章, 并建立一个研究参考书目. 同时培养上大学所需的技能, students learn how to “read the field” in order to enter into an academic conversation about their topic of interest. After examining the range of possible approaches to their question, students design a study using field-appropriate methods (for example, documentary methods for a historical inquiry or case study for a sociocultural question). 在冬季学期, students will work more independently to collect and analyze artifacts, 面试, 文档, 或定性数据. 这可能意味着进行采访, 扫描历史档案, 深入研究文学, 分析新闻文章, or observing social patterns in the field. 在春季学期, students generate assertions and arguments in order to produce a research report (major course paper) and share their findings with the public (presentation at the Hub, 当地的报纸, 诺斯伍德社交媒体, 等.).
The purpose of the course is to give high school students complete curricular freedom, 一方面, and the tools and structure to do something remarkable, 另一方面. Combining the student’s investment in the topic with ownership over design will give students pre-college confidence while fostering genuine mastery in the humanities. Engaging in research represents the highest level of thinking in academia; this course offers students a unique opportunity to generate 新 information and ideas as practicing high-school researchers.