ERIC Number: ED339305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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Diversity in the College Classroom: Learning Needs of Today's Student Populations. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Frost, Susan H.
This study looks at the higher education learning needs of population subgroups by reviewing research concerning the classroom experiences of minority group students and women. The importance of addressing these questions is raised by the current and expected growth in ethnic minorities in the United States. Findings indicate that Black students who set goals for themselves, get involved on campus and develop positive relationships with faculty, enhance their academic success. A sense of academic progress is important to this group. Research on Hispanic students indicates that many enter college several years after they have graduated from low-income, minority high schools, have poor records of achievement, little motivation, and uncertain goals. Many live at home, are uninformed about financial aid and have no models. Yet Hispanics have great respect for higher education and college professors in particular. Findings on Asian American students indicate that although their achievement patterns suggest otherwise, many consider themselves members of a minority group and need the same services available to other "at-risk" populations. Research on women finds that they perform best when challenged and supported or forced to use higher-order cognitive skills to reach expected outcomes. Overall the findings indicate that classroom experiences are important to students. Included are over 70 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).