Reaching Your Potential: Personal and Professional Development / Edition 4

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REACHING YOUR POTENTIAL takes a holistic approach to helping students take control of their lives and improve their self-belief. The text is organized around the four areas of emotional, intellectual, physical and social potential. Through a process of learning and self-examination, students discover their values, increase their commitment to personal goals, and challenge themselves to grow and learn. While gaining practical knowledge and skills, students will discover their emotional, intellectual, physical, and social resources. This model, which is thematically integrated throughout the text, allows readers to emerge from their learning experience understanding the importance of developing each of these areas in order to reach their fullest potential. The text involves readers in active learning with self-assessments, activities that apply concepts to their own lives, questions that test comprehension, and case studies to foster critical-thinking skills.
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"I really enjoyed reading this book…It did not feel preachy to me, but more conversational and the self-chapter coming up front drew me in and made me feel like everything from there out was about me getting engaged and learning what I would need to learn to get where I want to go." - Liese A. Hull, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

"Excellent features in the To the Lifelong Learner and Self-Assessment sections. To the Lifelong Learner is useful as an overview of the authors' philosophy. The pre and post Self-Assessments help both instructors and students understand what needs to be emphasized in the course and how well both have succeeded." - Robert C. Noyes, Tidewater Community College

"The authors use plenty of examples to keep things interesting for students and open up discussion. In an orientation class the one thing that makes the class successful is student involvement. The use of this text would easily facilitate this." - Jan Pitera, Broome Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435439733
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Textbook-specific CSFI Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 196,087
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Throop is the former Corporate Director of Education for ATE Enterprises. With over 35 years of experience in education, spanning the elementary to graduate school levels, he is presently the Chief Academic Officer for ITT Educational Services Inc. Robert Throop and Marion Castellucci have helped thousands of adults to discover their strengths, develop their goals, and reach them.

Marion B. Castellucci earned a B.A. from Barnard College and has over 30 years experience as a writer and editor of educational books. Robert Throop and Marion Castellucci have helped thousands of adults to discover their strengths, develop their goals, and reach them.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION To the Lifelong Learner. Before You Begin: Self-Assessment. Part I: DEVELOPING YOUR EMOTIONAL POTENTIAL. 1. The Power of Self-Belief. 2. Setting Goals and Managing Time. Part II: DEVELOPING YOUR INTELLECTUAL POTENTIAL. 3. Improving Your Thinking Skills. 4. Improving Your Study Skills. Part III: DEVELOPING YOUR PHYSICAL POTENTIAL 5. Eating Well. 6. Staying Healthy. Part IV: DEVELOPING YOUR SOCIAL POTENTIAL. 7. Communicating Effectively. 8. Improving Your Listening Skills. 9. Improving Your Speaking Skills. 10. Getting Along with Others. 11. Functioning in Groups. Part V: DEVELOPING YOUR ACTION PLAN. 12. Handling Change and Stress. 13. Managing Money. 14. Preparing for Your Career. After You're Done: Self-Assessment. Glossary. References. Index.
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