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ERIC Number: EJ690847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1079-0195
What Do First-Year Students Need Most: Learning Strategies Instruction or Academic Socialization?
Ryan, Michael P.; Glenn, Patricia A.
Journal of College Reading and Learning, v34 n2 p4-28 Spr 2004
This paper presents an analysis of two common seminar formats: those based on learning- strategies interventions and those based on academic socialization interventions. The results of a natural experiment allowed a comparison of the retention impact of a strategy-based seminar and a socialization-focused seminar. For both more and less academically capable freshmen, one-year retention rates were higher for a strategy-based seminar. The retention advantage of the strategy-based seminar was evident even when effects of academic aptitude, high school class rank, gender, and ethnicity were statistically controlled. No evidence was found to support the claim that a socialization-focused, theme-based seminar selectively improved retention rates for more able students. In fact, the socialization-focused seminar condition was no more retention-effective than the no-seminar condition.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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