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Teaching College Freshmen

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Erikson, B. L., and Strommer, D. W. Teaching College Freshmen San Francisco: Josey-Bass, 1998.



This is an expansion of a previous version from 1991. It provides techniques for making classwork accessible to freshmen that would help them adjust to their new school and engage them in work that may not necessarily be their primary interest. The book also teaches teachers the pertinent facts about the high school environment that the students came from in order to help relate to there needs and backgrounds. It is written in an accessible style and offers insights from both students as well as teachers.


An important aspect of this book is that it offers a great deal in the way of modern research into how students learn best, and the techniques that prove to be most adequate for the task. However, this is not a scientific analysis, but just an accessible summary of what's happening today in the 101 classroom, and which methods have proven to work better than others.


Also, many insights are offered into such specifically practical things as designing syllabi, coming up with activities, and addressing a variety of students from a variety of backgrounds.


The intended audience for this book is definitely teachers of college freshmen today. The teacher's level of experience is unimportant because the book explains how to approach a particular type of student that really hasn't been around for very long. In fact, older and more experienced teachers may actually get more out of this book than younger ones who were freshmen themselves only not very long ago.


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