John N. Gardner
Betsy O. Barefoot
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Authors John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot are the most authoritative voices in college success. Our authors remain at the center of ongoing research in the field and this book represents not only the practical experience of their extensive careers teaching and directing this course, but also the culmination of decades of research, disseminated through two national higher education centers, which they have founded and directed.
The text is streamlined, focused, and readable. Each chapter covers key topics, presented in articles so all the information a student needs is available immediately. New student stories reflect a diverse range of students’ life experiences. Inviting pop-out articles address important real-world topics of pressing concern to students. New articles in the eighth edition cover such topics as online learning, emotional intelligence, information literacy, finding and using campus resources, and sexual harassment.
The tone is student-centered. The authors write in a way that conveys respect and admiration for students, while recognizing their need for knowledge and support.
The book focuses on topics relevant to all types of students and institutions. The authors present comprehensive and helpful information on every aspect of the college experience for diverse student audiences.
Coverage of technology is woven throughout the narrative. Chapter content incorporates coverage of technological tools and skills, digital examples and models, and more in-text examples that feature social media and apps in an effort to reflect the roles of these tools in students’ lives.
Try It! boxes encourage students to interact with what they are learning. Focusing on four themes—managing time, feeling connected, setting goals, and making good choices—each Try It! box explains a specific action for students to try, the benefit of doing so, and first steps to get started. The Try It! boxes that reinforce setting goals also carry an emphasis on motivation. These boxes can be used for student self-direction or as assignments in or outside the classroom.
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