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ERIC Number: EJ1076304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
College First-Year Seminars: What Are We Doing, What Should We Be Doing?
Reid, Karen M.; Reynolds, Ralph E.; Perkins-Auman, Peggy G.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v16 n1 p73-93 May 2014
The modern concept of first-year seminars was introduced in 1972. Ninety-four percent of America's accredited 4-year colleges and universities offered a seminar by 2002. "First-year seminar" defines a fairly diverse instructional construct, but the goal remains to improve student retention rates. Research trends indicate a positive and almost always statistically significant relationship between seminar participation, college achievement, and higher persistence rates. However, existing studies reflect a variety of methodological issues. These studies tend to make causal assertions despite potential confounds and few consider the theoretical basis for the content of this construct called a first-year seminar. The purpose of this investigation was to begin defining the parameters of what first-year seminar means. Case study methodology was used to identify the common components and how they could relate to a theoretical framework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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