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ERIC Number: ED479654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 12
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A Comparison of Teaching Goals and Objectives Identified by Faculty and Peer Learning Facilitators within a Transition Seminar for New College Students.
Brown, Daniel
To determine the different perspectives of faculty members and peer learning facilitators (students) at Eastern New Mexico University about the development of an improved freshman seminar designed to increase retention, a survey was conducted. The instrument required that participants rate the importance of 52 goals to the desired outcomes associated with the freshman seminar. Eighty percent of faculty teaching a freshman seminar class returned the survey, and 90% of peer learning facilitators also completed the survey. Faculty and peer learning facilitators did not differ significantly in their perception of the need for either higher order thinking skills or Liberal Arts and Academic Values as content areas. The greatest divergence for the two groups was for work and career preparation, with students significantly more interested in the need to embed work and career preparation within the freshman seminar. Findings suggest that faculty are more invested in the traditionalist view of higher education, while students perceive college as an investment toward future earnings in a specific career. The survey also revealed shared and relatively weak faculty and peer learning facilitator attitudes toward the role of Liberal Arts and Academic Values within the existing freshman seminar. Results also indicate that awareness of the powerful role of the General Education curriculum and the Universitys liberal arts education mission must be raised. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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