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More than 800 students at geographically isolated Southern Arkansas University, many of whom are commuters, would be considered nontraditional students. For the most part, these individuals study harder and produce work of higher quality than many students entering college directly from high school. Critical thinking skills are especially necessary for such students, and one useful assignment is the research paper in diverse mass media courses where analysis forces students to take real world media concepts and assess underlying factors or individuals shaping them. Students can also be required to subscribe to professional media publications, both as resource material and to provide a knowledge base from experts in the field. Field trips can also aid critical thinking foundations of nontraditional broadcasting majors. In public speaking classes, nontraditional students are initially afraid of how they will be perceived by their younger colleagues, but this fear usually disappears after the first class session. The result of various broadcasting and public speaking critical thinking strategies is an increased awareness on the part of nontraditional students to ask the question, "Why?" (NKA)

Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Field Trips, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Mass Media, Nontraditional Students, Public Speaking, Research Papers (Students), Thinking Skills, Undergraduate Students

Author: Reppert, James E.


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