Her discoveries about contemporary undergraduate culture are surprising and her observations are invaluable, making My Freshman Year essential reading for students, parents, faculty, and anyone interested in educational policy.
Author: Rebekah Nathan
Category: Social Science
After fifteen years of teaching anthropology at a large university, Rebekah Nathan had become baffled by her own students. Their strange behavior—eating meals at their desks, not completing reading assignments, remaining silent through class discussions—made her feel as if she were dealing with a completely foreign culture. So Nathan decided to do what anthropologists do when confused by a different culture: Go live with them. She enrolled as a freshman, moved into the dorm, ate in the dining hall, and took a full load of courses. And she came to understand that being a student is a pretty difficult job, too. Her discoveries about contemporary undergraduate culture are surprising and her observations are invaluable, making My Freshman Year essential reading for students, parents, faculty, and anyone interested in educational policy.
Depending on whether the staff and students know his or her position can
influence the degree of participation or ... My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student (2006), outlines a fascinating story of college life
Author: Clifford J. Drew
The research process in this book begins with identification of the research question and proceeds through each step including planning data collection, actual collection and analysis of the data, and writing the report. This text proceeds through multiple methodologies including experimental and non-experimental, quantitative and qualitative. At every step the emphasis is on planning and executing the study. Key features: o Simulations and feedback that may be used in class sessions for both individual and small group participation o Pedagogy to help students plan and conduct a research project in an actual classroom o Examples that demonstrate and explain what constitutes good and poor research questions o Case studies and ′real life′ examples related to education o A Student Web site that provides students with the opportunity to interact with contemporary articles. This book provides an introduction to research that emphasizes the fundamental concepts of planning and design. It is designed to be a core text for the very first course on research methods.
Ernest T. Pascarella and Patrick T. Terenzini, How College Affects Students:
Findings and Insights from Twenty Years of Research (1991), ... Rebekah Nathan
, My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student (2005), p
Author: Derek Bok
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Higher Education in America is a landmark work--a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the current condition of our colleges and universities from former Harvard president Derek Bok, one of the nation's most respected education experts. Sweepingly ambitious in scope, this is a deeply informed and balanced assessment of the many strengths as well as the weaknesses of American higher education today. At a time when colleges and universities have never been more important to the lives and opportunities of students or to the progress and prosperity of the nation, Bok provides a thorough examination of the entire system, public and private, from community colleges and small liberal arts colleges to great universities with their research programs and their medical, law, and business schools. Drawing on the most reliable studies and data, he determines which criticisms of higher education are unfounded or exaggerated, which are issues of genuine concern, and what can be done to improve matters. Some of the subjects considered are long-standing, such as debates over the undergraduate curriculum and concerns over rising college costs. Others are more recent, such as the rise of for-profit institutions and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Additional topics include the quality of undergraduate education, the stagnating levels of college graduation, the problems of university governance, the strengths and weaknesses of graduate and professional education, the environment for research, and the benefits and drawbacks of the pervasive competition among American colleges and universities. Offering a rare survey and evaluation of American higher education as a whole, this book provides a solid basis for a fresh public discussion about what the system is doing right, what it needs to do better, and how the next quarter century could be made a period of progress rather than decline.
Author: American Association of University ProfessorsPublish On: 2006
MY FRESHMAN YEAR What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student fails .
Its recommendation that faculty reduce the amount of assigned reading because
students are too busy is wrong for many reasons . Its suggestion that class ...
Author: American Association of University Professors
Our underachieving colleges: A candid look at how much students learn and why
they should be learning more. Princeton, NJ: Princeton ... Nathan, R. (2006). My freshman year: What a professor learned by becoming a student. Ithaca, NY: ...
Author: Susan Sipple
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
This book introduces community college faculty and faculty developers to the use of faculty learning communities (FLCs) as a means for faculty themselves to investigate and surmount student learning problems they encounter in their classrooms, and as an effective and low-cost strategy for faculty developers working with few resources to stimulate innovative teaching that leads to student persistence and improved learning outcomes. Two-year college instructors face the unique challenge of teaching a mix of learners, from the developmental to high-achievers, that requires using a variety of instructional strategies and techniques. Even the most experienced teachers can find this diversity demanding. Faculty developers at many two-year colleges still rely solely on the one-day workshop model that, while useful, rarely results in sustained student-centered changes in pedagogy or the curriculum, and may not be practicable for the growing cohort of part-time faculty members. By linking work in the classroom with scholarship and reflection, FLCs provide participants with a sense of renewed engagement and stimulate collegial exploration of ways to achieve educational excellence. FLCs are usually faculty-instigated and cross-disciplinary, and comprise groups of six to fifteen faculty that work collaboratively through regular meetings over an extended period of time to promote research and an exchange of experiences, foster community, and develop the scholarship of teaching. FLCs alleviate burnout and isolation, promote the development, testing, and peer review of new classroom strategies or technologies, and lead to the reenergizing and professionalization of teachers. This book introduces the reader to FLCs and to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, offering examples of application in two-year colleges. Individual chapters describe, among others, an FLC set up to support course redesign; an “Adjunct Connectivity FLC” to integrate part-time faculty within a department and collaborate on the curriculum; a cross-disciplinary FLC to promote student self-regulated learning, and improve academic performance and persistence; a critical thinking FLC that sought to define critical thinking in separate disciplines, examine interdisciplinary cross-over of critical thinking, and measure critical thinking more accurately; an FLC that researched the transfer of learning and developed strategies to promote students’ application of their learning across courses and beyond the classroom. Each chapter describes the formation of its FLC, the processes it engaged in, what worked and did not, and the outcomes achieved. Just as when college faculty fail to remain current in their fields, the failure to engage in continuing development of teaching skills, will equally lead teaching and learning to suffer. When two-year college administrators restrain scholarship and reflection as inappropriate for the real work of the institution they are in fact hindering the professionalization of their teaching force that is essential to institutional mission and student success. When FLCs are supported by leaders and administrators, and faculty learn that collaboration and peer review are valued and even expected as part of being a teaching professional, they become intrinsically motivated and committed to collaboratively solving problems, setting the institution on a path to becoming a learning organization that is proactive and adept at navigating change.
Rutgers University Press. Mulholland, Elizabeth. 2008. What Sport Can Do: The
True Sport Report. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Nathan,
Rebekah. 2005. My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student.
Author: Noel Dyck
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Social Science
Thousands of children participate in community sports every year, enjoying recreation time with their peers, getting healthy exercise, and learning a variety of personal and group skills. At the same time, children's sports are not without controversy: parents can be overly invested in their children's exploits, competitive success is often the focus, and rising costs can limit participation. Consider, too, that these activities, billed as being for the kids, are often overlaid with other agendas by the adults who volunteer, work, and generally support children's sports. Noel Dyck incorporates nearly two decades of ethnographic field research into this anthropologically informed account that illustrates how all those involved in children's sports—boys and girls, parents, coaches, and sport officials—shape these complex, vibrant fields of play. In the process, he explores larger questions and debates about contemporary family and community and the shaping of childhood, youth, and adulthood. Bridging anthropology, sport studies, and childhood studies, Fields of Play offers a rich understanding of an area that has, to date, gained relatively little attention by social scientists.
“Mobilizing on Campus: Conservative Movements and Today's College Students.
” Sociological Forum 25:769–86. Naidoo ... Nathan, Rebekah. 2005. My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a College Student. New
Author: Amy J. Binder
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
How divergent campus cultures affect conservative college students Conservative pundits allege that the pervasive liberalism of America's colleges and universities has detrimental effects on undergraduates, most particularly right-leaning ones. Yet not enough attention has actually been paid to young conservatives to test these claims—until now. In Becoming Right, Amy Binder and Kate Wood carefully explore who conservative students are, and how their beliefs and political activism relate to their university experiences. Rich in interviews and insight, Becoming Right illustrates that the diverse conservative movement evolving among today’s college students holds important implications for the direction of American politics.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. Nathan, Rebekah. My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.
Noble, Louis Legrand. The Life and Works of Thomas Cole. Edited by Elliot S.
Author: Timothy J. Williams
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Category: Social Science
In this in-depth and detailed history, Timothy J. Williams reveals that antebellum southern higher education did more than train future secessionists and proslavery ideologues. It also fostered a growing world of intellectualism flexible enough to marry the era's middle-class value system to the honor-bound worldview of the southern gentry. By focusing on the students' perspective and drawing from a rich trove of their letters, diaries, essays, speeches, and memoirs, Williams narrates the under examined story of education and manhood at the University of North Carolina, the nation's first public university. Every aspect of student life is considered, from the formal classroom and the vibrant curriculum of private literary societies to students' personal relationships with each other, their families, young women, and college slaves. In each of these areas, Williams sheds new light on the cultural and intellectual history of young southern men, and in the process dispels commonly held misunderstandings of southern history. Williams's fresh perspective reveals that students of this era produced a distinctly southern form of intellectual masculinity and maturity that laid the foundation for the formulation of the post–Civil War South.
My freshman year: what a professor learned by becoming a student. Ithaca, NY:
Cornell University Press. NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism). (1976). The whole college catalog about drinking: a guide to alcohol
Author: George W. Dowdall
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Drinking is recognized as one of the most important problems confronting students on campus today, with major impacts on health and safety. This book answers crucial questions about why students drink, examines its complex links to campus crime and sexual assault, and offers new insights on how to address the issue. It differs from other studies of college drinking by dispelling the myth that the problem is universal. Dowdall’s research reveals that the incidence of alcohol abuse varies enormously between colleges, and in doing so identifies interventions and policies that have been effective, and those that have failed. His study is also unique in looking “upstream” at the broader cultural, organizational and social forces that shape this behavior, where most studies focus only on “downstream” behaviors, well after students have selected their college and have started drinking. Students and parents can take action to lower the risk of binge drinking by following the book’s recommendations, and consulting the data it provides about alcohol violations and crime at thousands of colleges. For administrators and student affairs personnel, it both defines and illuminates the issue, and outlines effective interventions.
Author: National Communication Association (U.S.). ConventionPublish On: 2006
The result was My Freshman Year : What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student , written under the pseudonym Rebekah Nathan . This double program
features Dr . Small and discussion by communication professors who , inspired
Author: National Communication Association (U.S.). Convention
I drink just to hang out with my friends. ... Inside the American Campus Today (
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997); Rebekah Nathan, My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student (New York: Penguin,
Author: Christian Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Social Science
Life for emerging adults is vastly different today than it was for their counterparts even a generation ago. Young people are waiting longer to marry, to have children, and to choose a career direction. As a result, they enjoy more freedom, opportunities, and personal growth than ever before. But the transition to adulthood is also more complex, disjointed, and confusing. In Lost in Transition, Christian Smith and his collaborators draw on 230 in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of emerging adults (ages 18-23) to investigate the difficulties young people face today, the underlying causes of those difficulties, and the consequences both for individuals and for American society as a whole. Rampant consumer capitalism, ongoing failures in education, hyper-individualism, postmodernist moral relativism, and other aspects of American culture are all contributing to the chaotic terrain that emerging adults must cross. Smith identifies five major problems facing very many young people today: confused moral reasoning, routine intoxication, materialistic life goals, regrettable sexual experiences, and disengagement from civic and political life. The trouble does not lie only with the emerging adults or their poor individual decisions but has much deeper roots in mainstream American culture--a culture which emerging adults have largely inherited rather than created. Older adults, Smith argues, must recognize that much of the responsibility for the pain and confusion young people face lies with them. Rejecting both sky-is-falling alarmism on the one hand and complacent disregard on the other, Smith suggests the need for what he calls "realistic concern"--and a reconsideration of our cultural priorities and practices--that will help emerging adults more skillfully engage unique challenges they face. Even-handed, engagingly written, and based on comprehensive research, Lost in Transition brings much needed attention to the darker side of the transition to adulthood.
Author: Bette LaSere EricksonPublish On: 2006-05-19
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Author: Bette LaSere Erickson
The Guide for Teaching First-Year Students Teaching First-Year College Students is a thoroughly expanded and updated edition of Teaching College Freshmen, which has become a classic in the field since it was published in 1991. The book offers concrete suggestions about specific strategies and approaches for faculty who teach first-year courses. The new edition is based on the most current research on teaching and learning and incorporates information about the demographic changes that have occurred in student populations since the first edition was published. The updated strategies are designed to help first-year students adjust effectively to both the academic and nonacademic pressures of college. The authors also help faculty understand first-year students and show how their experiences in high school have prepared—or not prepared—them for the world of higher education. Written in a highly accessible format, the book contains instructive commentary from both students and educators and includes a new chapter that addresses the topic of creating inclusion in classrooms and curricula. In addition, this revised edition offers information on active learning techniques, learning styles, constructing evaluation tools and assessments, and alternative teaching methods.
Author: Philosophy of Education Society (U.S.)Publish On: 2009
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Students ? ” ( PhD diss . , Purdue University , 2006 ) . 2. See Rebekah Nathan , My Freshman Year : What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student ( Ithaca ,
The result is “ My Freshman Year : What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student . " Published under a pseudonym and without revealing where she
teaches , the book is no “ Animal House ” : due to her age , the prof avoided frat
ne thing I learned my freshman year is that teachers don't have to have their
Master's degree to teach; they just need to ... but bad for the students because it
means the professor doesn't already know everything he's going to be teaching
Author: Mark W. Bernstein
Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books, LLC
How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers incoming college freshmen the experience, advice, and wisdom of their peers: hundreds of other students who have survived their first year of college and have something interesting to say about it. Based on interviews with hundreds of college students at every type of higher-learning institution across the country, this book has insights on every aspect of college life, including, what to take to the dorm, living with roommates, Facebook and other social networks, extracurricular activities, choosing classes, studying, going abroad, finances, food, the social scene, doing laundry, staying in touch with friends and family, and much more. Highly readable, much of the book consists of short snippets with some interesting insight and advice from the college students interviewed. The book also includes expert input from college advisors and officers.
People sometimes ask if I am German or of German heritage, in search of my
reason for becoming a professor of German and ... To my surprise, German
turned out to be my favorite course during my freshman year, largely because I
really admired the ... given the school 2.5 million dollars to create an endowment
to support experiences abroad for “K College” students. ... learned first that there
were people who actually spoke German, and that I too could learn to
communicate in that ...
Author: John Grandin
Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Category: Technology & Engineering
At the University of Rhode Island over 25% of engineering undergraduates simultaneously complete a second degree in German, French, Spanish, or Chinese. They furthermore spend an entire year abroad, one semester as exchange students at a partner university and six months as professional engineering interns at a cooperating company. With a close-to 100% placement rate, over 400 graduates, and numerous national awards, the URI International Engineering Program (IEP) is a proven path of preparation for young engineers in today's global workplace. The author of this volume, John Grandin, is an emeritus professor of German who developed and led the IEP for twenty-three years. In these pages, he provides a two-pronged approach to explain the origin and history of this program rooted in such an unusual merger of two traditionally distinct higher education disciplines. He looks first at himself to explain how and why he became an international educator and what led him to his lasting passion for the IEP. He then provides an historical overview of the program's origin and growth, including looks at the bumps and bruises and ups and downs along the way. Grandin hopes that this story will be of use and value to other educators determined to reform higher education and align it with the needs of the 21st Century. Table of Contents: How I became a Professor of German / My Unexpected Path to Engineering / Building a Network of Support / Sidetracked by a Stint in the Dean's Office / Reshaping the Language Mission / Struggling to Institutionalize / Partnering with Universities Abroad / Going into the Hotel and Restaurant Business / Taking the Lead Nationally / Building the Chinese IEP / Staying Involved after Retirement / The Broader Message for Higher Education / Conclusions
up in Mississippi, at 16 years old, I began my freshman year at a historically black
private college during the height of the ... But it was very clear to me during my
early years that to be denied the opportunity to drink from a water fountain ... out
in my mind: A statement on one of my student evaluations at the end of a term
read: "I was told by one of my professors not ... "Professor X [ white male] told me
to go ahead and take your class but not to expect to learn very much, but I learned a lot.
Author: Lena Wright Myers
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
This book addresses the interlocking systems of race and gender in institutions of higher education in America. The study is based on empirical data from African American women of various disciplines in faculty and administrative positions at traditionally white colleges and universities. It focuses primarily on narratives of the women in terms of how they are affected by racism, as well as sexism as they perform their duties in their academic environments. The findings suggest that a common thread exists relative to the experiences of the women. The book challenges and dispels the myth that Black progress has led to equality for African American women in the academy. The results of this study make it even more critical that the voices of African American women be heard and their experiences in the academy be expressed. This may be one way to inform academic and lay readers that racism and sexism are not dead.
Author: Elizabeth Baker MurphyPublish On: 2008-06-01
I also shared some of my memorable moments on campus as I tried to paint a
picture of college life for them: IU dorms ... as I wound my way through the maze
of hallways in Foster Quad's Jenkins Hall where my husband lived his freshman year; ... trudging through snow and bone-chilling winds on my way to classes;
hundreds of students zigzagging across the foot ... (Professor Jenkinson had
emphasized how important the supervising teacher's critique was in one's IU
placement file: ...
Author: Elizabeth Baker Murphy
Publisher: Pen and Publish Inc
Category: Biography & Autobiography
LESSONS LEARNED IN THE CLASSROOM: "Inspiring, upbeat and optimistic, yet honest and hard-hitting when necessary. Into the mix of issues and people she takes on, Murphy constantly brings the joy of her vocation - her very special love of the classroom and of her students, a commitment that has kept her working hard for thirty-one years despite many challenges, personal and public. Murphy creates an unforgettable cast of characters.and always, she remembers the students who have touched her heart and motivated her teaching." (Author Dianne Aprile) "Her chronicle of heartbreaking struggles and heartfelt passion gives readers insight into the heart, soul, passion, and lifeblood of what it means to be a teacher."(IUS Writing Project Director, Dr. K. S. Bailey)
The responsibility of learning the work is placed completely on the student at
Hamilton. The teachers are more ... However, the professors still learned
everyone's name and personal attention was available if I sought it. While some
... I found this to be very different from high school, where I had many chances to
bring up a grade. The workload at ... requirements. Many of my friends at other
institutions spent the bulk of their freshman year taking classes they weren't really
Author: Carolyn C. Wise
Publisher: Vault Reports Incorporated
Category: Study Aids
A guide to the nation's colleges publishes extensive surveys--all written by current or past students--from over three hundred educational institutions, covering admission, academics, quality of life, social life, and employment prospects.