With some of the most prestigious universities in America urging students to defer admissions so they can experience the world, the idea of the gap year has taken hold in America. Since its development in Britain nearly fifty years ago, taking time off between secondary school and college has allowed students the opportunity to travel, develop crucial life skills, and grow up, all while doing volunteer work in much-needed parts of the developing world.
Until now, there has been no systematic study of how the gap year helps students develop as young scholars and citizens. Joseph O'Shea has produced the first empirically based analysis of a gap year's influence on student development. He also establishes a context for better understanding this personal development and suggests concrete ways universities and educators can develop effective gap year programs.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
O'Shea does more than present stories. By situating narratives within a theoretical framework, he makes a strong case for using the gap year as a means to further students' education. * Library Journal *
Higher education collections should consider this a basic! * Midwest Book Review *
A clear and concise book, proving the many benefits of a gap year. -- Claire McCarthy * Global Living Magazine *
O'Shea is able to identify many of the greatest challenges in designing gap-year programs and offers some suggestions for how to maximize this pedagogical tool through the structure and administration of the gap-year experience. -- Jennifer Keup * Journal of Higher Education *