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
Reading 2: “Cognitive Development and the Basic Writer”
Week 2: Reading across the curriculum
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
Reading 1: Chapters 3 & 4
Reading 2: Chapters 5 & 6
Week 4: Use of data
Reading 1: The Analysis of Qualitative Data
Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Approaches - John Creswell
Reading 2: The Empirical Criterion
Reading 3: Writing Strategies & Ethical Considerations
Week 5: Technology
Reading 1: Distance Learning Techniques
Reading 2: Tips for Teaching Students Online
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.
Your University Experience - The Next Step Edited by Carol Dochen, Russ Hodges & Pam Wuestenberg Authors: De Sellers, Carol Dochen and Russ Hodges
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
“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
“The College Dropout Boom,” by David Leonhardt from Your University Experience—The Next Step edited by Carol W. Dochen, Russ Hodges, and Pam Wuestenberg
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)