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ERIC Number: EJ777297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Generative Themes and At-Risk Students
Thelin, William H.; Taczak, Kara
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v34 n3 p295-305 Mar 2007
At the University of Akron, the administration decided to segregate the students previously called "provisional" from the "regular" population. As an open-access institution, the university directly admits only approximately 15 percent of the students to a program of study. The vast majority of students start in University College and transfer to majors when they have enough credits. In establishing a separate college for students with low ACT scores and/or poor high school GPAs, the administration hoped to create circumstances that would help retain these students at a higher rate than the current numbers indicated. Therefore, the provisionals were no longer admitted to University College but were instead admitted to a special program in Summit College, a renamed, embedded, two-year technical and community college on the main campus. Unfortunately, the new Summit College program was an unfunded mandate, so no money was available to hire experts in the field, purchase technology, conduct workshops, or offer incentives for pedagogical innovation. In the absence of any unifying pedagogical apparatus, the authors set out to enact a version of critical pedagogy in Kara Taczak's sections of the course. This article explores Taczak's efforts as an instructor of at-risk students to implement into her course a generative theme that urged students to explore the conditions of their admittance as provisional students. Through generative themes, at-risk students can develop the power to respond critically to themselves and to the world around them. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A