Friday, September 25, 2009

Topic: College Dropouts

10-second review: What can we do to prevent college students from dropping out before the conclusion of their freshman writing course?

Title: “Retention and Writing Instruction: Implications for Access and Pedagogy.” PR Powell. College Composition and Communication (June 2009), 664-682. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: College freshman writing instructors may have more contact and insight into students’ personal issues, but even success in the course does not prevent some of them from dropping out. College freshman writing instructors need to pay attention to the research on college retention. They might be able to help, but don’t count on it.

Quote: “I am currently designing a service learning course in which students will study some of the research on retention, with a focus on what middle and high school students need to know about college before they arrive on campus.” p. 678.

Comment: Having successful writing students disappear before the completion of the course has happened to me, causing me to react emotionally. I wish I had been informed of the research on retention. RayS.

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