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Zornow, Elise G. – ProQuest LLC, 2022
This evaluation study had three main aims: 1) to examine how an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Summit can be used to promote First Year Experience (FYE) instructors' sense of autonomy, competence, and relatedness within the context of the FYE program at a community college; 2) to examine how an AI Summit might guide FYE program development; and 3) to…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Community Colleges, College Faculty, Professional Autonomy
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Thorington, Katherine K.; Lenzo, Anne; Lyons, Jessica O.; Viscido, Steven V. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
Winston-Salem State University incorporates critical thinking and oral communication into general education learning outcomes and assessment. To teach these critical skills, the authors used active learning techniques in a first-year seminar on animal behavior. Students performed simulation experiments and orally presented their findings. Their…
Descriptors: Skill Development, Critical Thinking, College Freshmen, Speech Communication
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McBride, Eileen; Murray, Amy Vashlishan; Duggan, Michael – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2021
Research in higher education confirms the importance of self-efficacy in student persistence and success in college. The current study examined the role of self-efficacy in supporting academic and psychosocial adjustment in the critical first college year and the context of an academically-oriented first-year seminar (FYS). Students completed…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Academic Achievement, Well Being, First Year Seminars
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Kock, Stacia; Nyland, Jennifer F. – Honors in Practice, 2021
A simulated conference in first-year curriculum reinforces undergraduate research as beneficial to both honors and campus communities while fostering scholarly development and campus engagement among honors freshmen during the coronavirus crisis.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Conferences (Gatherings)
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McNeill, Rickie – International Journal of Art & Design Education, 2021
Much has been written about the necessity for induction programmes that help students bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary education. Oftentimes the language around this issue focuses on perceived student deficit rather than institutional shortcomings, not least in discussion of students from Widening Participation backgrounds. The…
Descriptors: Research Skills, College Freshmen, Art Education, First Year Seminars
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Shaaban, Khaled; Reda, Ranya – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2022
In many cases, students are unaware of some parts of their study plans or do not have enough information about utilizing available college resources that may help them through their study years. The purpose of this study was to propose and evaluate a method to improve engineering students' understanding of their study plans and available resources…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars
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Villalta-Cerdas, Adrian; Dubrovskiy, Anton; Walker, Deborah Rush; Mamiya, Blain; Robert Shelton, G.; Powell, Cynthia B.; Broadway, Susan; Weber, Rebecca; Mason, Diana – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
This study is an exploratory comparison of 69 Hispanic students enrolled in first-semester general chemistry (Chem I) who attended either a Hispanic-Serving or emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution and were not successful in Chem I. Students' automaticity skills (what can be done without the aid of a calculator) in arithmetic and quantitative…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, College Readiness, Hispanic American Students, STEM Education
Schotter, Kara S. – ProQuest LLC, 2022
Essential Employability Qualities, also known as soft skills, are becoming just as important for new college graduates to demonstrate during the hiring process as job-specific skills (Hart Research Associates, 2018; National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2018). A review of the literature reveals that employers (Ahmad, 2019; Chhinzer &…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Community Colleges, First Year Seminars, Student Attitudes
Kovacs, Edward C., III – ProQuest LLC, 2022
Many institutions of higher education offer first-year seminars; academic courses designed to help new college students successfully transition to the rigors and demands of life inside and outside the classroom. There is a substantial body of research that validates first-year seminars as successful in accomplishing this goal. There are also…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, Sense of Community, Private Colleges
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Locklear, Amy Lee M. – Honors in Practice, 2022
By incorporating visual mapping into students' thinking and writing processes, a narrative assignment in geo-literacy creates a reflective and agency-based learning experience for student writers in a first-year honors seminar.
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, Visual Literacy
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Carlin, Laurence; Alberts, Heike – Honors in Practice, 2021
This study presents perceived advantages of thematic, team-taught interdisciplinary seminars for first-year honors students. Two student cohorts (n = 174) surveyed in two subsequent years (2018, 2019) weigh in on the challenges and benefits of different team-teaching models. Three first-semester offerings on the themes "Food,"…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Team Teaching, Honors Curriculum, First Year Seminars
McCaughey, Martha – Liberal Education, 2021
At their best, common reading (CR) programs are a high-impact educational practice. By bringing the campus community together to read and discuss the same book as a common intellectual experience, CR programs create the sense of belonging and thirst for learning that position students for success at their new university. Discussions and…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Higher Education, College Students
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Sobel, Karen – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2021
Many first-year seminar courses, as well as other programs aimed at first-year undergraduate students, actively incorporate critical thinking into the curriculum. What factors motivate students who purposefully develop these critical thinking skills to continue using them during subsequent semesters? This article discusses results of a study on…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, College Freshmen
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Branchaw, Janet L.; Theisen, Cara H.; Trimby, Christopher – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2020
This chapter describes a professional development program that integrates training in college teaching with an authentic classroom teaching experience. Benefits to graduate students in the program and undergraduate students in the linked disciplinary first-year seminar are discussed.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Fellowships, Faculty Development, First Year Seminars
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Young, Dallin George – Journal of College Student Development, 2020
First-year seminars (FYS) are courses "intended to enhance the academic and/or social integration of first-year students" (Barefoot, 1992, p. 49). In 2008, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) introduced a list of 10 high-impact practices (HIPs) that had been tested and found to have significant positive…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, School Holding Power, Predictor Variables, College Freshmen
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