“ECE Bachelor graduates overwhelmingly agree on the long-term personal, professional and educational benefits of participating in a B.A. completion cohort program.”
It is interesting how new words creep into our everyday conversations. I remember as the newest teacher, attending my first staff meeting at our local communicate college, how often the word “pedagogy” was used (it was a long time ago). It had been a while since I earned my degree and to my recollection I could not remember this word ever being used in my classes. At the end of the meeting, I looked up the word “pedagogy” in the dictionary to find out it meant, instructional strategies, from a Greek word which means “to lead a child.” Ahh! Just another more fancy word for how we teach.
So, what do new words have to do with my subject line on early childhood educators completing their B.A. degrees? The subject line is part of the research I am doing for my class and it occurred to me that the word “cohort” is another new word commonly used in education. Vanguard University’s online Bachelors degree is taught in cohorts, but I am wondering if those of you who have been working in the ECE field, accumulating all those valuable years of experience, have any idea what the word “cohort” will mean in terms of your educational experience at Vanguard. Well, it is just a new fancy word for “groups.” Vanguard’s School for Professional Studies online B.A. degree is a “student cohort” model in which small groups of ECE students with similar interests and characteristics pursue a bachelor’s degree together – providing support by sharing their experiences. Kind of an online “circle time” for adults.
I am providing the link to the journal article I refer to in the signature line, it is interesting, but long and very dry reading. j