Foundations: A Reader for New College Students / Edition 5

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FOUNDATIONS: A READER FOR NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS, Fifth Edition, helps students understand what to expect in college and guides new students in their exploration by asking critical questions that are important to their success. Virginia N. Gordon and Thomas L. Minnick present a selection of readings that include several perspectives on each topic, providing the opportunity to consider and compare a number of different points of view. Your students will explore issues surrounding technology, diversity, civic rights and responsibilities, and more. FOUNDATIONS: A READER FOR NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS, Fifth Edition, is a great way for first-year students to get started on the path to success in college.

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"The standards are there: vocabulary, questions, and journal suggestions. This is enough for students and instructors to become fully engaged with the readings."— Juan J. Flores, Folsom Lake College
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: 9781439086056
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/3/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (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

Preface ix

How to Keep a Journal xiii

Unit 1 The Value of a College Education: Why Am I in College? 1

Why Go To College? Two Classic Answers William Johnson Cory John Henry Newman 3

The Lure of Learning William J. Bennett 6

The Value of a College Education 9

The Evolution of Undergraduate Education Derek Bok 13

Unit Summary 18

Unit 2 What Can I Expect from College and How Will I Change? 19

The Developing College Student Virginia N. Gordon 21

Seniors' Advice to New Students 27

The Stakes are Low Ben Bernstein 27

Four Pieces of Advice Jennifer Rosella 29

Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman Andrew Gordon-Seifert 30

Tips on Becoming Personally Effective Susan Jones Sears 33

Loneliness Barbara M. Newman Philip R. Newman 40

Three Paths to Financial Freedom Dave Ellis 43

Unit Summary 47

Unit 3 How Can I Succeed Academically? 49

How to Win at College Cal Newport 51

Using Time and Space Effectively Walter Pauk Ross J. Q. Owens 57

Want Good Advising? Take the Initiative! Howard K. Schein Ned S. Laff Deborah R. Allen 63

Fourteen Ways of Looking at Electives Thomas L. Minnick 66

Please! It's Only Seven Minutes Late, Professor Joel J. Gold 72

Why I Don't Let Students Cut My Classes William R. Brown 76

Unit Summary 80

Unit 4 How Should I Expect to Learn? 81

Minds Viewed Globally Howard Gardner 83

Learning Styles: They Can Help or Hinder Al Siebert Bernadine Gilpin 87

The Power of Memory Regina Hellyer Carol Robinson Phyllis Sherwood 94

How Do I Find Out What Faeulty Are Doing? Howard K. Schein Ned S. Laff Deborah R. Allen 99

How to Become an Expert Problem Solver Karl Albrecht 102

Unit Summary 107

Unit 5 What About Technology? 109

The Challenge of Technology A. W. Bates Gary Poole 110

A Generation Bathed in Bits Don Tapscott 114

Losing Stuff Has Never Been So Sad Leonard Pitts 118, E-mail Etiquette 121

Unit Summary 124

Unit 6 What Are My Rights and Responsibilities as a Student? 125

On Academic Freedom William H. Halverson James R. Carter 127

Ideas as Property Thomas L. Minnick 132

You and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act C. L. Lindsay III 137

College of Business, College Cheating Is Bad for Business W. P. Carey 143

Avoiding Plagiarism Rosemarie Menager Lyn Paulos 148

Unit Summary 154

Unit 7 What Is Diversity and Why Is It Important? 157

From Diversity to Inclusivity Thomas Brown 160

I Have a Dream Martin Luther King 167

How Discrimination Works and Why It Matters: Five Personal Statements 171

The Face of Racism Edward A. Delgado-Romero 171

Personal Narrative of an Asian American's Experience with Racism Donna M. Talbot 175

What Could I Know of Racism? Joy E. Weeber 178

Pain and Perseverance: Perspectives from an Ally Lisa J. Brandyberry 183

A College Senior Speaks about Diversity: The Disability Perspective Skylar Covich 188

Affirmative Action and Multiculturalism David Bruce Ingram Jennifer A. Parks 191

Unit Summary 196

Unit 8 What Should I Know About Careers? 199

A Career that Fits You Nicholas A. Lore 201

The Relationship between College and Work Donald Asher 205

Job Search: Chance or Plan? Mark Ballard 209

An Internship-Your First Big Career Break Dave Home 216

Adjust to Change Arthur D. Rosenberg 219

Unit Summary 222

Unit 9 Setting Future Goals: Now Is the Time To Start 223

Here Life Comes Mel Levine 225

The Next Great Collegiate Generation Neil Howe William Strauss 229

Grow Up? Not So Fast Lev Grossman 232

To the Graduates Christopher Reeve 236

The First Lady's Challenge to the Graduates Michelle Obama 239

Unit Summary 245

Author Index 247

Subject Index 249

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