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Expanding the role of required out-of-class experiences in FYE: Lessons from personal development and student development projects


Author(s): Camarena, P., Saltarelli, A., & Lung, J.

Citation: Camarena, P., Saltarelli, A., & Lung, J. (2006). Expanding the role of required out-of-class experiences in FYE: Lessons from personal development and student development projects. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 18(1), 61-84.

 

Abstract

Assessment data from both an FYE-infused general education course and a first-year seminar were analyzed to identify students perceptions about projects that required significant participation in out-of-class activities as an integral part of the course. The results from this analysis revealed that, in addition to increasing knowledge and campus engagement, these projects also promoted student development more broadly by encouraging students to  try new things and  step out of the box. Although these projects represented additional work on the part of students, they overwhelmingly endorsed the value of the projects. Specific categories of students coded responses are presented and a model of key elements essential for the success of the project is described

 

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