Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
By Chandra Alford
In Chapter 3, the primary topic of exploration is how students spend and priortize their time while in college. Social development and learning seem to take precedent over academic interests and development. The selectivity level of the institution and its standards and expectations seem to influence the value students place on their academics. But the authors pose the idea that the faculty of these institutions can have more of an impact depending on the structure of the institution.
“It is faculty, within classrooms and beyond, who shape not students’ overall development but also their commitment to continuing their education. . . What faculty members do, and in particular whether they facilitate academic integration of students, is crucial for student development and persistence (60).” The pedagogical practices of faculty members are pertinent, because depending on which methods are employed, the academic interests and development of students will either increase or decrease accordingly.
What's one noteworthy way that the positions put forth in the reading concerning the impact of faculty on student "development and persistence" confirmed or differed from your previously held views on the subject?