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Pilot Study Selected Readings

An overarching theme in most readings selected for this pilot is the idea that teachers of adults should examine themselves and their teaching practices while also striving to develop a more nuanced and empathic understanding of adult students. Reading selections are content based readings providing background in the key cognitive and foundational skills as found in the Cross Disciplinary Standards of the Texas College & Career Readiness Standards. Teachers reflect on their own knowledge and skills, connect readings to the Cross Disciplinary Standards and how to integrate in classroom instruction.

Week 1:  Writing across the curriculum

This week will focus on writing skills necessary for success in postsecondary settings. Writing across the curriculum includes: (1) writing clearly and coherently using standard writing conventions, (2) writing in a variety of forms for various audiences and purposes, and (3) composing and revising drafts.
Reading 1: “Diving In: An Introduction to Basic Writing”
 
Mina P. Shaughnessy “Diving In: An Introduction to Basic Writing”
Diving In (PDF, 570 KB)

Reading 2: “Cognitive Development and the Basic Writer”

Andrea A. Lunsford "Cognitive Development and the Basic Writer"
Reading 3: "Writing as a Mode of Learning"
 
Janet Emig "Writing as a Mode of Learning"

Week 2: Reading across the curriculum

This week will focus on writing skills necessary for success in postsecondary settings. Writing across the curriculum includes: (1) writing clearly and coherently using standard writing conventions, (2) writing in a variety of forms for various audiences and purposes, and (3) composing and revising drafts.
Reading 1: “Vocabulary Development”
 
Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research “Vocabulary Development” Michelle Anderson Francis and Michelle Simpson
Reading 2: “Comprehension Development”
 
Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research. “Comprehension Development” Jodi Patrick Holschuh and Lori Price Aultman

Reading 3: “Reading/Writing Connection”

Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research “Reading/Writing Connection” Janna M. Jackson

Week 3: Research across the curriculum

This week will focus on research skills necessary for success in postsecondary settings. Research across the curriculum includes(1) understanding which topics or questions are to be investigated (2) exploring a research topic (3) refining research topic based on preliminary research and devising a timeline for completing work (4) evaluating the validity and reliability of sources (5) synthesizing and organizing information effectively (6) designing and presenting an effective product (7) integrating source material and (8) presenting final product. 

Reading 1: Chapters 3 & 4

The Craft of Research - Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

 Reading 2: Chapters 5 & 6

The Craft of Research - Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams
Reading 3: Chapter 7 & 8
The Craft of Research - Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

Week 4: Use of data

This week will focus on use of data skills necessary for success in postsecondary settings. Use of data includes: (1) identifying patterns or departures from patterns among data, (2) using statistical and probabilistic skills necessary for planning an investigation, and collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data and (3) presenting analyzed data and communicate findings in a variety of formats.

Reading 1: The Analysis of Qualitative Data

Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Approaches - John Creswell

Reading 2: The Empirical Criterion

Introduction to Research Methods in Education Author: Keith F. Punch

Reading 3: Writing Strategies & Ethical Considerations

Introduction to Research Methods in Education Author: Keith F. Punch

Week 5: Technology

This week will focus on use of technology skills necessary for success in postsecondary settings. Technology includes (1) using technology to gather information, (2) using technology to organizing, managing and analyzing information, (3) using technology to communicate and display findings in a clear and coherent manner and (4) using technology appropriately.

 Reading 1: Distance Learning Techniques

Adult Learning Methods: A Guide for Effective Instruction, Michael W. Galbraith, Editor Authors for Distance Learning Techniques: White & Bridwell

Reading 2: Tips for Teaching Students Online

Academic Technology Center - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Teaching with Technology Collaboratory
Reading 3: Instructional Media Guide for Distance Learning
 
An Instructional Media Guide for Distance Learning, United States Distance Learning
Association Authors: Jolly T. Holden & Phillip Westfall 

Week 6: Key Cognitive Skills

This week (and Week 7) will focus on key cognitive skills necessary for success in postsecondary settings. Key cognitive skills include the following:

Intellectual curiosity: (1) engaging in scholarly inquiry and dialogue and (2) accepting constructive criticism and revising personal views when valid evidence warrants

Reasoning: (1) considering arguments and conclusions of self and others, (2) constructing well-reasoned arguments to explain phenomena, validate conjectures, or support positions, (3) gather evidence to support arguments, findings, or lines of reasoning and (4) supporting or modifying claims based on the results of an inquiry.

Problem solving: (1) analyzing a situation to identify a problem to be solved, (2) developing and applying multiple strategies to solving a problem and (3) collecting evidence and data systematically and directly relating to solving a problem.


Academic behaviors: (1) self-monitoring learning needs and seeking assistance when needed, (2) using study habits necessary to manage academic pursuits and requirements, (3) striving for accuracy and precision and (4) persevering to complete and master tasks.
 

Work habits: (1) working independently and (2) working collaboratively.
 

Academic integrity: (1) attributing ideas and information to source materials and people, (2) evaluating sources for quality of content, validity, credibility, and relevance, (3) including the ideas of others and the complexities of the debate, issue or problem and (4) understanding and adhering to ethical codes of conduct.

Reading 1: Academic Self-Management
Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Self-Managment Approach Authors: Myron H. Dembo & Helena Seli
Reading 2: Effective Use of Time

Your University Experience - The Next Step Edited by Carol Dochen, Russ Hodges & Pam Wuestenberg Authors: De Sellers, Carol Dochen and Russ Hodges 

Reading 3: Strategic Study-Reading

Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research, Edited by Rona Flippo & David C. Caverly Authors: Patricia I. Mulchahy-Ernt & David C. Caverly 

Week 7: Key Cognitive Skills Continued

This week (and Week 7) will focus on key cognitive skills necessary for success in postsecondary settings. Key cognitive skills include the following:
 
Intellectual curiosity: (1) engaging in scholarly inquiry and dialogue and (2) accepting constructive criticism and revising personal views when valid evidence warrants
 
Reasoning: (1) considering arguments and conclusions of self and others, (2) constructing well-reasoned arguments to explain phenomena, validate conjectures, or support positions,  (3) gather evidence to support arguments, findings, or lines of reasoning and (4) supporting or modifying claims based on the results of  an inquiry.    
 
Problem solving: (1) analyzing a situation to identify a problem to be solved, (2) developing and applying multiple strategies to solving a problem and (3) collecting evidence and data systematically and directly relating to solving a problem. 
 
Academic behaviors: (1) self-monitoring learning needs and seeking assistance when needed, (2) using study habits necessary to manage academic pursuits and requirements, (3) striving for accuracy and precision and (4) persevering to complete and master tasks.  
 
Work habits: (1) working independently and (2) working collaboratively.
 
Academic integrity: (1) attributing ideas and information to source materials and people, (2) evaluating sources for quality of content, validity, credibility, and relevance, (3) including the ideas of others and the complexities of the debate, issue or problem and (4) understanding and adhering to ethical codes of conduct.
Reading 1: Claiming Your Education: Become part of a scholarly community

“Claiming Your Education: Becoming Part of a Scholarly Community,” by Laurie Hazard and Jean-Paul Nadeau, from Your University Experience—The Next Step edited by Carol W. Dochen, Russ Hodges, and Pam Wueste 

Reading 2: The College Dropout Boom

“The College Dropout Boom,” by David Leonhardt from Your University Experience—The Next Step edited by Carol W. Dochen, Russ Hodges, and Pam Wuestenberg 

Reading 3: Notetaking from Lectures

Chapter 10 from Rona A. Flippo’s and David C. Caverly’s Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research (authored by Bonnie B. Armbruster)