Foundations: A Reader for New College Students / Edition 1

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This reader includes several essays and articles on each topic, giving students the chance to consider a number of different perspectives. Gordon and Minnick include personal essays, research-based articles, and other insightful ways of looking at the total college experience. Questions and journal activities accompany the readings to encourage class discussion and personal reflection.
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Editorial Reviews

This textbook comprises a collection of essays, each introduced and supplemented with discussion questions and vocabulary lists, on various issues of interest to students beginning college. Among the topics: what to expect from classes and living arrangements, how to succeed academically, and how to handle the many facets of college experience. The essays are a compendium of pieces by college administrators, magazine columnists, and professionals from various fields. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534254223
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Freshman Orientation/College Success Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia N. Gordon is Adjunct Associate Professor of Education at The Ohio State University and Assistant Dean Emeritus of University College at Ohio State.

Thomas L. Minnick is Special Assistant to the Vice Provost of Minority Affairs at The Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Unit One: The Value Of A College Education: Why Am I In College? Unit Introduction. The Lure of Learning—William J. Bennett. The Difference between High School and College—Jack Meiland. A New Debate is Joined Over an Old Question: Is College an Investment or an End in Itself?—James Cicarelli. How to Make People Smaller than They Are—Norman Cousins. Mr. Gradgrind, 1965—Wayne C. Booth. American Higher Education: A Brief History—William H. Halverson. Unit Two: What Can I Expect From College And How Will I Change? Unit Introduction. The Developing College Student—Virginia N. Gordon. Freshman Can Be Taught to Think Creatively, Not Just Amass Information—David C. Finster. What's Wrong with Me, Me, Me?—Margaret Halsey. University Days—James Thurber. College Pressures—William Zinsser. Dorm Do's and Don'ts—E. Gordon Gee. Loneliness—Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman. The Pleasures of Learning—Gilbert Highet. Unit Three: How Can I Succeed Academically? Unit Introduction. Developing into a Good Student—Andrew Barclay and Charles Thornton. Four Kinds of Reading—Donald Hall. On Reading Trash—Bob Swift. How to Say Nothing in 500 Words—Paul Roberts. Please! It's Only Seven Minutes Late, Professor—Joel J. Gold. The Syllabus: A Confession of Faith—Sharon Parks. Why I Don't Let My Students Cut My Classes—William R. Brown. Who's Afraid of Math, and Why?—Sheila Tobias. Libraries in an Information Age—Virginia Tiefel. Unit Four: How Can I Plan My Education Wisely? Unit Introduction. Major Decisions—James Tunstead Burtchaell. CollegeMajor Doesn't Mean All That Much—William Raspberry. Steering Clear of the One True Course—Ellen Goodman. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Electives—Thomas L. Minnick. Unit Five: What Should I Know About Careers? Unit Introduction. Workers—Richard Rodriguez. A Day in the Life of Salaryman—John Burgess. Work in Corporate America—Russell Baker. Getting a Living—Henry David Thoreau. Daydreams of What You'd Rather Be—Lance Morrow. Job Search: Chance or Plan?—Mark R. Ballard. Postgraduate Paralysis—Mary Sherry. Unit Six: What Are My Rights And Responsibilities As A Student? Unit Introduction. Your New Rights and Responsibilities—Brad A. Myers. The New Immorality—Joseph Wood Krutch. What Is Plagiarism? Why Should It Matter to You?—Thomas L. Minnick. On Academic Freedom—James R. Carter and William H. Halverson. A Personal Mission Statement—XXXX Covey. Unit Seven: What Is Diversity And Why Is It Important To Me? Unit Introduction. Radical English—George Will. Critics of Attempts to Democratize the Curriculum are Waging a Campaign to Misrepresent the Work of Responsible Professors—Paula Rothenberg. Fitting In—Betty LaSere Erickson and Diane Weltner Strommer. Getting to Know About You and Me—Chana Schoenberger. The Wrong Examples—David L. Evans. Against the Great Divide—Brian Jarvis. Discrimination at Large—Jennifer A. Coleman. Why Don't Gays Keep Quiet? I Have a Dream—Martin Luther King. Unit Eight: Is There Life After College? Unit Introduction. My Speech to the Graduates—Woody Allen. Having a Degree and Being Educated—Edmund D. Pelligrino. An Open Letter to the Class of _______—Leo Ochrymowycz. Predictable Crises of Adulthood—Gail Sheehy. The Time Factor—Gloria Steinem. Outlooks and Insights: Succeeding on the Job and in Life.
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