Encouraging Lifelong Learning
Scholars typically remain active in their intellectual endeavors even when outside a classroom, whether reading, or watching an independent film, or searching for something on the internet. Learning is not restricted to an institution or a curriculum; building knowledge is a lifelong endeavor. The summer seminars required of all JOA Scholars allow the students to come together as an intellectual community in a much more relaxed and casual manner. Built on the premise that expanding one’s repertoire of skills, or discussing an issue in depth with peers, or using free time to better equip oneself for future academic endeavors is not only normal but desirable, the summer seminars encourage scholars to view their education as an intrinsic part of life. True to the research on female learning styles which emphasizes the need for a more inter-relational approach that supports discussion, group interaction, and consensus building while resolving a problem at hand, the summer seminars encourage a conversational type of learning where scholars work collaboratively on different projects.