ERIC Number: ED259789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Suggestions for Improving Retention in the Classroom.
Jones, Steven W.
A number of classroom strategies are recommended for faculty members who are seeking ideas to help increase student success and reduce attrition in classes. After a discussion of the reasons for increasing concern with retention and attrition, ideas for use in the first few class sessions are presented, with suggestions related to setting a positive tone for the learning environment and clarifying policies and student responsibilities. Instructional tips for success are presented next, such as providing outlines of lecture notes, feedback, positive reinforcement, and study guides; arranging special tutoring sessions and study groups; and maintaining academic standards. Suggestions related to testing are provided next, including such tips as offering thorough explanation of grading procedures, giving early positive reinforcement, assigning mid-term grades, indicating how a student may improve, and discovering if a student is going to drop out so advisement can be offered. Finally, suggestions are listed, related to the use of external resources such as library orientation, team teaching, and visits by other faculty and counselors. (LAL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the State University System of Florida Student Retention Workshop (Orlando, FL, June 26-28, 1985).