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These We Teach

These We Teach: A Study of General College Students

Volume: 2
Copyright Date: 1943
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 204
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    These We Teach
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    These we teach;: A study of General College students, (University of Minnesota studies of general education)

    eISBN: 978-1-4529-3639-0
    Subjects: Education

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-xii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  3. CHAPTER 1 These We Teach
    (pp. 1-40)

    These we teach, in the General College at the University of Minnesota, in hundreds of junior colleges, and in many more hundreds of liberal arts colleges and preprofessional schools all over the United States, are an increasingly large and important group among the youth of the nation. Although they seem to be demanding higher education by virtue of their college matriculation, even the most scholarly among them are not merely students. Like other young people everywhere, each of them is a complex human being, strongly influenced by his peculiar previous experiences and absorbed in a personal, social, and family life...

  4. CHAPTER 2 Studying Students
    (pp. 41-66)

    The picture of American secondary education emerging from the New York Regents’ Inquiry* and the Maryland youth study †is trenchant but depressing. We have, these studies show, saddled on the majority of our youngsters an academic pattern perhaps appropriate, with reservations, only for a small college-going minority. We have so designed our educational machinery that we know little about the graduating high school student and pitifully less about the student who leaves high school before graduation. The machinery of secondary education, however, can be streamlined only over a long period of years, with greater reorganization and greater economic support from...

  5. CHAPTER 3 Vocational-Educational Adjustments
    (pp. 67-92)

    The educational plans of college students are closely linked to their vocational plans. Even in liberal arts colleges most students choose sequences of courses that, at least in their own minds, seem most in line with their occupational choices. Of the 100 representative students in our investigation, about one tenth of the men and about a quarter of the women had not made a definite vocational choice at the time of their college entrance; one fourth of the men had chosen occupations in the highest professional groups; and an additional third of the men and half of the women had...

  6. CHAPTER 4 Recreational and Social Life
    (pp. 93-110)

    Among the most significant of modern social trends, in normal times, has been the increase in leisure time brought about by shorter working hours, mechanization of industry, the invention of labor-saving devices for the housewife, and social programs providing old age security and earlier retirement from active production. As a natural consequence of this trend the attention of educators has been turned toward training for the constructive use of leisure time. Other important phases of modern educational philosophy stress the necessity of dealing with the whole child, of recognizing the need for social and emotional as well as intellectual training,...

  7. CHAPTER 5 Attitudes, Adjustments, and Philosophies of Students and Their Parents
    (pp. 111-133)

    Social attitudes, behavior, and skills, and recreational interests do not spring into being full blown. They are influenced by previous learning and experience, can be further influenced by additional experience and training, and in turn influence other attitudes and the development of other habits and skills. The same generalizations apply to religious, emotional, economic, and educational attitudes and to many fundamental characteristics of personality, individual philosophy, and life adjustment.

    It was with these well-known facts in mind that the present study was planned so as to include an investigation of the home backgrounds and previous educational experience of the students,...

  8. CHAPTER 6 Family Environment, Student Adjustment
    (pp. 134-157)

    Although educators and philosophers may argue endlessly over the precise nature of the home’s influence upon growing children and the functions the home can and should perform, everyone would agree that in our modern western democracies the home does exert a powerful influence upon the developing personalities of those who live within it.

    Since two thirds of the men and three quarters of the women students in the General College are residents of the Twin Cities, and since most of them continue to live in their parental homes while attending the universtiy, a study of their homes has special significance....

  9. CHAPTER 7 Sex Education and Preparation for Marriage
    (pp. 158-172)

    No intensive study of adolescents, and certainly no discussion of home influences on young people, could pretend to be complete without some consideration of one of the most important problems, if not the major adjustment problem, of youth — the establishment of normal heterosexual relationships and attitudes in preparation for marriage. The attitudes, opinions, and ideas of our 100 General College students and their parents on sex education, boy-girl relationships, and preparation for marriage were collected in carefully planned interviews with the students and by the use of two questionnaires. The longer of the two was prepared for the students...

  10. CHAPTER 8 Summary and Conclusions
    (pp. 173-188)

    In recent years we have come closer to seeing the realization of an early American ideal of universal public education through the secondary school than anyone really ever dreamed possible. Although there are still thousands of young people who fail to complete high school, there are fewer and fewer who do not enter and increasingly larger numbers who are actually graduated. Until 1940, and before the enrollment in colleges and universities began to be affected by the national emergency, there was an enormous increase in the numbers who enrolled in institutions of higher learning. The kinds of students who seek...