Freshman Seminar: A New Orientation

Freshman Seminar: A New Orientation

by Robert D. Cohen

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The competition for students is growing among colleges and universities, leading administrators and student personnel professionals to ask what they can do to recruit and retain their students without lowering academic standards. The Freshman Seminar is one answer: it is a full-semester course designed to train would-be students in the skills they will need to survive in a student's world. Remedial courses alone are not sufficient; there are a host of meta-academic activities to be mastered, among them note taking, test taking, class participation, interacting with instructors, and developing realistic attitudes towards learning. The authors, initiators and experienced teachers in Hunter College's Freshman Seminar Program, describe the rationale for such a course, as well as its value. Their step-by-step approach to establishing and teaching a freshman seminar details the fundamentals of curriculum design and teaching methods and describes specific instructional material for classroom use—lesson plans, games, attitude inventories, and role playing. This is a comprehensive and practical guidebook for the college administrator who wants to reduce student attrition and for the student personnel professional who will implement such a program.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429726200
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/04/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Cohen, Robert D.

Table of Contents

The Need for Ongoing Orientation -- Planning for a Freshman Seminar Program -- The Content Areas of Freshman Seminar -- Methods in Teaching Freshman Seminar -- Staff Development -- Seminar Sessions: Format -- Three Classroom Dialogues -- Course Description -- Appendix B -- Appendix C

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