ERIC Number: ED448639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Integration of the Freshman Seminar into Introductory Psychology Classes.
Levine, Laura E.; Engwall, Douglas
This paper describes and evaluates a program designed to help first-year students make the transition from high school to college, first through a description by a teacher using this program in a class for freshmen and then through responses to a survey about the experience completed by some freshmen who had participated. Classes in the program, taught in the context of a Life-span development class, are kept small, and smaller groups are formed to explore one of four themes such as gender issues or cognitive development in discussion groups. Students are given assistance in developing academic skills, learning about university resources, and developing connections to the larger university. Developing a connection between course material and the real life context and developing active and critical thinking are also encouraged. Student surveys and a review of students' academic achievement show that students in the First Year Experience (FYE) program were more likely to get help with study and test-taking skills and were more likely to say that they had developed a close relationship with a faculty member and understood the demands college was making of them. The FYE course was planned as a requirement for all freshmen in fall 1998. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (11th, Ellenville, NY, March 19-21, 1997).