First-Generation College Experience, The
©2014 |Pearson | Out of print
Amy Baldwin, M.A., University of Central Arkansas
©2014 |Pearson | Out of print
For Introduction to College, College Survival, and College Seminar courses.
The First Generation Experience is the only college success book written specifically to serve first generation students. It is for students who need a little extra attention and support to have a firm footing in the academic world. It is about helping those students who have felt disenfranchised, disengaged, and disappointed by the educational system to empower themselves with the knowledge and the skills necessary to imagine and realize and new future. It is also a book about change, specifically transformation. The word itself has multiple meanings in different academic disciplines, but the idea of transformation most closely applies to the intentional process by which we help students change as individuals, as scholars, and as citizens of their communities.
TECHNOLOGY OFFERING: MyStudentSuccessLab is available with this book upon request. It is an online solution designed to help students ‘Start strong, Finish stronger’ by building skills for ongoing personal and professional development. Go to http://mystudentsuccesslab.com/mssl3 for a Point and Click DEMO of the Time Management module.
“I think the tone and writing style is perfect. It is easy to read and understand without being condescending. The tone appears to be sensitive to first generation students. The use of the student stories are very helpful, as they put the information in a hypothetical situation and can better help the reader understand how the concepts would be applicable to real life situations.” —Jennifer Guerriero, Nova Southeastern University
“I love the Student Success Stories and how that makes the college experience seem more “do-able” and possible to students who are probably feeling overwhelmed by their first semester in college.” —Maureen Cuevas, West Texas A&M University
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· Reflection, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration Exercises: These exercises, which appear after each section within the chapters, provide students with opportunities to stop, think, and synthesize the information they have read.
· PLUS Exercise: This final in-chapter exercise asks students to reflect on the student story at the beginning of the chapter and to give advice for making good choices.
· It’s in the Syllabus: This feature reminds students to review one of the most important documents in college–the “contract” between their instructors and themselves.
· Your Terms of Success: Since many first-generation students are unfamiliar with the terms that are unique to the college setting, this feature provides a handy overview of common words they will encounter as well as their meanings.
· Think About It: This feature provides a famous quote that can help students consider another way to view the chapter’s topic.
· Integrity Matters: Moving beyond just thinking about integrity plays a role in a student’s academic life, this feature also provides an opportunity to reflect on integrity issues.
· It's All Relative: This feature acknowledges the enormous influence our students’ families have on their academic success and helps students create ways to incorporate their support into their academic plan.
· Tech Tips: This feature provides information about the immediate technological support their colleges offer as well as current technology that can assist students in their educational goals. The end-of-chapter features allow students the opportunity to review, reflect, and research the chapters’ topics further.
· From College to University with University Portfolio: This feature provides a connection for students who choose to transfer to a four-year university as well as an opportunity to apply the concepts and plan for the move.
· From College to Career with Career Portfolio: This feature provides a connection for students who choose to move into the world of work right after college. It also provides an opportunity for students to apply the concepts and plan for their career.
· First Voices: Stories of Success: This feature provides diverse success stories from graduates and allows students to imagine themselves as empowered individuals after college.
· Chapter Review Questions, Path of Discovery Journal Entry, Case Scenarios, and Research It Further Ideas: These features together allow students to think about concepts in depth, practice what they have learned, and apply their knowledge to new situations.
TECHNOLOGY AND PEARSON CHOICES
MyStudentSuccessLab (www.mystudentsuccesslab.com) is an online solution designed to help students ‘Start strong, Finish stronger’ by building skills for ongoing personal and professional development. This Learning Outcome based technology promotes student engagement through:
· The Learning Path Diagnostic offers for the course, 83 Full Course Pre- and Post-Diagnostic (Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels I-VI) questions, and for each topic, 20 Pre- and Post-Test (Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels I-VI) questions.
· The Overview provides learning objectives to build vocabulary and repetition.
· Video interviews on key issues ‘by students, for students’.
· The Practice exercises improve class preparation and learning.
· Graded Activities build critical thinking skills and develop problem-solving abilities (includes Essays and Journaling).
· Instructors benefit from an Implementation Guide to easily assign and assess progress.
· Students have access to relevant FinishStronger247 YouTube videos, the Pearson student Facebook page chock full of tips, MySearchLab use for doing effective research, and more.
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· Pearson Custom Publishing allows professors to create their own professionally produced customized textbooks and media products to best complement their course. We offer high-quality content, professional design, quick production, and reliable on-time delivery. The result is a valuable textbook that students will use, cover to cover, tailored to meet exactly the needs of the professor, students, and course. Visit www.pearsoncustom.com.
Instructor Support - An array of teaching materials to feel confident and prepared for class - and save time!
· Teaching—Resources such as Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, PowerPoint, Sample Syllabi, and more www.pearsonhighered.com/irc.
· Training—Options to meet every need, including Online Webinars, First Day of Class sessions, MyStudentSuccessLab Webexs, etc.
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Preface to First Success
Introduction to Faculty
Introduction to Students
Part I: Moving In
Chapter 1: You First
Part II: Moving Through
Chapter 5: Learning, Thinking, and Memory
Chapter 6: Reading
Chapter 7: Listening and Note-taking
Chapter 10: Stress and Health
Appendix A: VARK Inventory
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Amy Baldwin has been teaching college success, writing, and literature at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas since 1996. Among the many hats community college faculty like Amy wear, she has also served as the professional development coordinator and co-director of the Achieving the Dream initiative. She has taught on-campus and online classes since 1999 and has presented nearly 100 workshops across the U.S. on the topics of numerous topics including student success, research writing, academic integrity, and online teaching. She has also written for The Teaching Professor, Community College Week, and Student Health 101. Both her texts, The Community College Experience Brief 3rd edition and The Community College Experience PLUS 2nd edition, are published by Pearson. Amy received her B.A. in English Literature from Rhodes College and her M.A. in English Literature from Washington University. She is currently working on her doctorate in higher education, with a focus on student retention. Amy lives with her husband and two children in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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