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Rebecca Cox's "The Student Fear Factor"

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Carly Liang

on 24 June 2015

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Rebecca Cox's "The Student Fear Factor"
Student Anxiety
What does it mean for students, according to Cox, to enter college?

What does it mean for YOU to enter college?

College is also which two parts of who you are? How is college different from K-12?
"Melanie" Continued
Students encountered "...tremendous anxiety about the educational and occupational paths they were embarking on. A significant component of students' stress was directly linked to their doubts about succeeding in college and realizing their career goals" (Cox 24).

What is Cox pointing out about students here? Create a logical path/diagram of how students' anxiety or fear is formed.

How is fear heightened in students?

Past failure provides evidence for what?

What does it mean for students attending a community college?
Fear of Short Comings Exposed
"Students' fear of the composition course was particularly intense" (Cox 28).
"...in the real world, nobody helps you besides your family" (Cox 23).
Student Success
Main Point and Thesis
What is Cox's main point (purpose)?
Is she informing, persuading, and/or entertaining/mediating?

What is Cox's thesis?
Expectation (F)ailures
Affective Filter
"Affective Filter is the term Stephen Krashen has used to refer to the complex of negative emotional and motivational factors that may interfere with the reception and processing of comprehensible input. Such factors include: anxiety, self-consciousness, boredom, annoyance, alienation, and so forth."

In other words, when a student's affective filter or wall goes up, learning is denied and blocked out leading to a negative performance in school. However, when the filter or wall comes down, student performance goes up leading to a positive performance.
Community vs UC/CSU Material: Am I 'good enough'?
"Several students noted that taking classes at the community college had made them change their minds about transferring to a four-year college...[some students were convinced that they were not] 'college material'" (Cox 30).

PQ: What did Nereida mean when she said "that she wasn't really 'college material'"?

PQ: What is a college material student?
What is the goal or role of college?

As a group, and using the syllabus and course outline for help, what do you think are the most important components a college should provide for its students?
"Total Fear Factor"
"Regardless of age, ethnicity, academic background, educational goals, or the path to college, students reveal tremendous anxiety about their education trajectories and ability to succeed in college" (Cox 21).
"The Fear Factor" Continued
Because of the students' fear factors and the difficulty of composition courses, "...the outcome for each student in composition holds important consequences for his or her educational trajectory and ability to succeed as a student" (Cox 28).

This comes back to the PQ of H.S. Did your high school prepare you for college?

PQ: What are the differences between high school and college?
What is Cox saying here? What is she implying in this quote?
What do you have to say to Cox's idea and implications?

Paraphrase this quote. To paraphrase is to take the author's main idea of the sentence(s)/quote and putting it into your own words.
Enter "Melanie"
Who is
Melanie? How does Cox describe her as?

What is her main fear of college?

PQ: Melanie states that, "...in high school it's not really about academics" (Cox 24).
What, do you think, is the goal of H.S.? What IS
H.S. all about?
Fear Management
1. Quitting is the ultimate fear management strategy.
- Eliminates the source of anxiety
- Should I just drop out of school?
- What is the strategy of "scaling back"
- What could 'scaling back' result in?

2. Redefine success and failure

PQ: What is success? How is it defined?
What is failure? How is it defined?

Looking at your Pod's and your own definitions, what do you think it says about your Pod and about you?

Fear Management
3. Avoid any formal assessment

What does Cox mean by this?

What does it mean when a student stays silent?

Does avoidance help? work?
Fear can drive students to the point of quitting. When students submitted writing assignments for a formal assessment, "their deepest fears were disproved" (Cox 40). Kyra continues to point out, "...my fear is maybe just in my head, rather than actual fact [psychological issue]...[and her mom says,] 'I don't think anybody's given you what you needed, to learn'" (Cox 41).

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