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Four Essentials of a
First Year Seminar Course

Active Involvement
Not just time spent on tasks (Ericsson, et al. 1993).
Olivares (2002) understands amount of time spent studying as a motivational variable.
Cognitive ability as a predictor of academic performance (Kuncel, Hezlett, & Ones, 2001; Schuman et al., 1985; Wolfe & Johnson, 1995); but Duckworth (2016) argues that "Grit" is a better predictor of success than intelligence.
Students have higher performance in courses that interest them (Marsh, 1980, 1982)
Students spend more time on courses that they perceive to be more difficult (Greenwald & Gillmore, 1997).
Teacher Effectiveness (Wright, 2001).
Utilization of Campus Resources
Tutoring Center:
Cooper (2010) reports that first year students who use drop in tutoring have a 10% higher persistence rate and a 0.2 point higher GPA than students who do not use the tutoring center.
Reinheimer and McKenzie (2011) demonstrate that tutoring significantly impacts retention, but not GPA amongst undeclared freshman.
Scott (et al. 2008) show that efficient, convenient, and responsive libraries are key to student success.
No longer is library use connected to reflection (cf. Kramer and Kramer 1968), but individualized research assistance and personal attention are the keys (Mezick 2007).
Proactive advising: early interventions, introduction of rules, policies, and procedures; monitoring student progress; and customized / targeted intervention (Varney 2012).
Social Integration and Collaboration
Social integration affects student grades (Kuh, Cruce, et al. 2008).
Bell (2008) ties social integration directly to retention, and advocates that student success requires engagement with other students and educators alike.
Areas of Emphasis:
Curricular and behavioral integration
frequent contact with faculty (Ewell and Wellmann 2007; Cf. Kuh 2008).
Accessible and responsible staff (Scott, et al. 2008)
Ideas42 used behavioral science to increase student connections and engagement by directly contrasting student disempowering narratives, and saw a 10% increase in persistence.
Ryan Korstange,
Middle Tennessee State University

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Dewey: "active, persistent, and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it and the further conclusions to which it tends” (1933: 8).
Schön: Reflection-in-action - reflection-on-action (1983, 1987).
Completes the learning process; effortful action + thoughtful reflection (Cuseo, et. al 2007).
Slows down learning, and increases ownership of student learning (Moon 2001).
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