Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education

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Overview

As societal expectations about attending college have grown, professors report increasing numbers of students who are unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education—not just more students with learning disabilities (whose numbers have more than tripled), but students (with and without special admission status) who are academically at-risk because of inadequate reading, writing and study skills.

This book provides professors and their graduate teaching assistants—those at the front line of interactions with students—with techniques and approaches they can use in class to help at-risk students raise their skills so that they can successfully complete their studies.

The author shares proven practices that will not only engage all students in a class, but also create the conditions—while maintaining high standards and high expectations—to enable at-risk and under-prepared students to develop academically and graduate with good grades. The author also explains how to work effectively with academic support units on campus.

Within the framework of identifying those students who need help, establishing a rapport with them, adopting inclusive teaching strategies, and offering appropriate guidance, the book presents the theory teachers will need, and effective classroom strategies.

The author covers teaching philosophy and goals; issues of discipline and behavior; motivation and making expectations explicit; classroom climate and learning styles; developing time management and study skills; as well as the application of “universal design” strategies.

The ideas presented here—that the author has successfully employed over many years—can be easily integrated into any class.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579222307
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 362,368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen F. Gabriel is a professor at California State University, Chico. She was a high school social science teacher before she became a Resource Specialist for students with learning disabilities. Once she moved to the university setting, she developed an academic support program for at-risk and unprepared college students. She became a Faculty Development Specialist at the University of Arizona. She has also served as the Director of Disabled Student Services at a community college in Northern California.

Sandra M. Flake is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the California State University, Chico.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Foreword; 1) Unprepared and At-Risk College Students: Myth or Reality?; 2) Philosophical Foundations: Yes, They Can!; 3) The First Week of Class: Sharing a Mission for Success; 4) Begin with Consistent Contact: Attendance That Matters; 5) Learning Styles and the Science of Learning: Tapping Brain Power; 6) Embracing Learner-Centered Education: Engaging Students; 7) Interweaving Assessment and Teaching: Any Questions?; 8) Techniques for Promoting Academic Integrity and Discouraging Cheating: Playing by the Rules; Epilogue: Final Thoughts: Promoting A Richer Campus Environment; Appendix A: Checklist for Possible Course Syllabi Items; Appendix B: Performance Prognosis Inventory for Analytical Chemistry; Appendix C: Preparing for Three Different Groupings; Appendix d: Vocabulary Strategy Steps; References; Index.

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