The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Editorial Board is pleased to announce the publication of the article “Utilizing Student Passions and Interests to Create a More Meaningful Research Experience,” by Dr. Joyce F. Hurt in the Winter 2015 issue of The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin. Dr. Hurt is an English Instructor for the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia and adjunct faculty member at Southside Virginia Community College.
In the article, Dr. Hurt discusses the juniors in her dual enrollment classes describing how incorporating students’ interests and choices into the regular research process created a new enthusiasm for researching, writing and sharing with peers. She notes that the projects chosen by the students were as diverse as the students themselves and topics included Nazi Germany and Jehovah’s Witnesses; Polynesian Tattoos; Pat Summit; Athena; Pirates; Scuba Diving; Ice Hockey; Human Trafficking and Criminal Profiling; among others.
Dr. Hurt is a member of Delta Alpha Chapter, Virginia. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary society for women educators with over 82,000 members in approximately 2504 chapters in 17 countries worldwide. It focuses the collective energies of an international organization to achieve the greatest good for everyone involved in all fields of education—students, instructors and administrators. The Society promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education through seminars, workshops, conferences, scholarships and the publication of members’ research and writing.
Delta Kappa Gamma was founded by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and eleven other educators from throughout Texas.