ERIC Number: EJ1076304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
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.
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Case Studies, Research Universities, Graduation Rate, Observation, Program Descriptions, Expectation, Behavioral Objectives, Course Content, Institutional Characteristics, Interviews, Relevance (Education), Course Organization, Delivery Systems, Outcome Measures, Program Attitudes, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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