SP Specific Reflection Questions
Special Projects apply different ways of knowing,
connect the methodologies of different disciplines, entail non-traditional ways
of approaching a topic,” or immerse the student in “the spirit of engaged
learning” in ways not represented by the other categories. (Odyssey Guide)
learning necessarily involves bringing together at least two different
approaches to knowing: theoretical and practical. What theories or ideas about the world or
about yourself are you testing or trying to put into practice through this
Odyssey webpage lists some examples of different ways of knowing: oral, verbal, tactile, imaginative,
intuitive. How might your project involve several of these? What other ways of
knowing do you expect the project to use or develop? Explain.
3. Are you
self-consciously using different methods of knowing to problem-solve during
your project, e.g., scientific, economic, artistic, literary, philosophical,
religious, historical, social, mechanical, psychological, cultural or
physical? What methods are you most
using and how is applying several methods to a common problem proving helpful
4. What has
this project demanded of you emotionally as well as cognitively?
different, and possibly competing, academic interests, vocational passions,
life goals, or social aims are you exploring through this project? Has the
project helped you gain clarity about what matters most to you and what you are
willing to give up?
6. As you
know, and SP Odysseys generally does not fit into any of the other Odyssey
categories. Imagine that the faculty wanted to recognize the type of experience
you have had its own unique category to add to the list of six Odyssey categories.
What would you name it and why?
this project have you become more adept at integrating
different ways of knowing and different parts of yourself? How has employing and/or integrating different
ways of knowing improved your understanding or the outcome? Explain.
motto is “unto the whole person.” Would
you say that doing your SP project has helped make you a more “whole
person”? Why or why not?
9. One of
the goals of a liberal education is a love for life-long learning. Do you think the experience you have had with
this Odyssey project helps equip you for life-long learning? What lessons or skills have you learned that
will help you be face difficulties, solve problems, or answer important
questions in the future?