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ERIC Number: EJ798183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Expanding the Role of Required Out-of-Class Experiences in FYE: Lessons from Personal Development and Student Development Projects
Camarena, Phame; Saltarelli, Andrew; Lung, Janice
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v18 n1 p61-84 2006
Assessment data from both an FYE-infused general education course (N = 153) and a first-year seminar (N = 392) were analyzed to identify students' perceptions about projects that required significant participation in out-of-class activities as an integral part of the course. The results from this analysis revealed that in addition to increasing knowledge and campus engagement, these projects also promoted student development more broadly by encouraging students to "try new things" and "step out of the box." Although these projects represented additional work on the part of students, they overwhelmingly endorsed the value of the projects, with more than 97% of students in the FYE-infused class reporting support for the project. Similarly, 38% of students in the first-year seminar spontaneously identified the project as the most important part of the class. Specific categories of students' coded responses are presented and a model of key elements essential for the success of the project is described. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A