Implications for Instruction and Research
In the preceding chapters, I have not emphasized my own role in the interactions with the students because I thought it was important to let them speak with their own voices. But, in this final chapter, I attempt to draw implications from their personal development and their academic work that I believe are crucial to developing appropriate educational policies. If one believes, as I do, that a major function of education is to foster questioning, then the interviews and writing samples presented in this study can be seen as evidence that the students developed this ability over time. Many started with the acceptance of “facts” that were presented to them in their discipline studies. But, all were able to move beyond such automatic acceptance to recognize that new insights could be provided that might alter some unexamined assumptions in their fields.