ERIC Number: ED267714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Psychoeducational Studies: A Freshman Guided Studies Seminar.
Young, Eric D.
This report describes a model for improving retention and graduation rates of culturally diverse students that involves a guided studies seminar in psychological education. The objective is to provide incoming freshmen with an experiential seminar structured around examining higher education, learning and study skills development, and personal and social adjustment at college. A focus on United States higher education systems provides the freshman a perspective for goal-setting, expectations, and leadership development. The seminar consists of a semester-long survey of topics in psychology and education. Educational modules focusing on specific skills are used. Class experiences emphasize the use of the Deliberate Psychological Education (DPE) method. The model is a variation of the South Carolina "University 101" program combined with the DPE methodology. Small group discussion and high student participation, as well as emphasis on counseling and guidance, are deliberate attempts to match the cognitive style of students. Counselors and educators may use this program to facilitate psychological growth along both cognitive and non-cognitive dimensions. In addition to minority group students, first-generation college students and nontraditional students are targeted. Appended are a couse syllabus, an outline of the scope of the activities, and a four-page bibliography. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Higher Education, Individual Development, Intellectual Development, Learning Modules, Minority Groups, Models, Nontraditional Students, Psychoeducational Methods, School Holding Power, Student Adjustment, Student Development, Study Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners; Teachers
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