Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
By Chandra Alford
In Chapter 4, the authors begin to highlight the academic and social climates, the investment in learning, the fields of study, and the financing of an higher education that are being experienced by many students.
The expectations placed on students by faculty members vary depending on the teaching philosophy of each faculty member. Often, faculty members are expected to create a learning environment that requires, or even demands, students to think in a critical manner, to use complex reasoning, and to express all of this through their writing skills. One of the key areas the authors focused on in this chapter was the time students are investing with their learning. The authors argue that academic demands have to compete with many other appealing alternatives.
Based on the reading, what’s one specific way that the authors swayed or solidified your understanding of the tough choices that students make (or do not make) concerning serious investments in formal learning activities, especially when other interests compete for their time and energies?