Paul A. Gore
A. J. Metz
(University of Utah)
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Connections 2e Sample Chapter 3
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ACES Progress Report. In addition to taking ACES at the beginning of the term, students can now take ACES a second time at the end of the term. By comparing these new results with their earlier ACES scores, they’re able to celebrate areas of improvement and identify areas for future growth. A new section in Chapter 14 helps students reflect on their scores, process the change that has occurred during the term, and think metacognitively about how different factors in their lives—including their decisions, actions, and experiences—have influenced their outcomes. A new capstone activity on LaunchPad further encourages this reflection and metacognition.
Greater focus on pairing information with action. Because information paired with action is what leads to positive change in students’ lives, a new ACES + Action feature appears at the beginning of Chapters 2-13, immediately after the “ACES Reflection” prompt. ACES + Action spotlights three active learning strategies related to the chapter topic that students can try right away to strengthen skills and apply their learning.
Even more goal-setting guidance for students. In this Second Edition, the authors have tweaked the steps of the Personal Success Plan (PSP) to provide even more guidance: Suggested goals are included in Step 1 to serve as inspiration and scaffolding for students, who tend to struggle with generating goals of their own; students then transform the general goal they’ve selected into a personally meaningful SMART goal in Step 2.
Updated Spotlight on Research boxes with refreshed visuals. New and updated Spotlight on Research topics in the Second Edition include “Behaviors and Attitudes Drive Your Success” (Chapter 1), “Grit Leads to Success” (Chapter 3), “Time Management: It Works!” (Chapter 4), “Longer Course? More Time for Distributed Learning” (Chapter 5), “Get Informed about Money” (Chapter 12), and “Understand Yourself Through Campus Engagement” (Chapter 13). Many of the charts and graphs accompanying the Spotlights have also been updated, and they are larger and more colorful in order to better illustrate key research results.
New Voices of Experience: Employers. The Second Edition includes a new category of Voices of Experience stories to further strengthen the text’s emphasis on the college/work connection: first-person profiles from employers who are directly responsible for making hiring decisions and helping employees build successful careers (see Chapters 1, 6, and 11). In a concrete and applied way, these profiles illustrate how students can use the skills spotlighted in the chapter to get a job and excel in a work environment.
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