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During the past 10 years, the community college student population and its needs have changed, calling for community college professors to develop a better understanding of their students and to provide the appropriate classroom environment and content for this population. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, postsecondary enrollment growth rates are high for minorities, students over 25, two-year college students, part-time students, and women. Community college classrooms are particularly diverse, often encompassing an age span of 40 years and a wide range of skill deficiencies. Professors working with these students need to: (1) move from a professor-centered to a learner-centered environment, using such strategies as the Unifoldment and Recall technique in which each group member is recognized and receives positive strength bombardments; (2) de-emphasize lectures, assignments, and tests to place more emphasis on group discussion and goal setting; (3) pay close attention to how students' papers are graded and affirm and praise the accomplishments of low-achieving students; (4) use textbooks that are appropriate to students' reading levels and vocabularies; and (5) ensure that each students is tested and placed in the appropriate class. (KP)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, Community Colleges, Cooperative Learning, Diversity (Institutional), Enrollment Trends, Group Discussion, High Risk Students, Learning Motivation, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Comor-Jacobs, Annie


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