Paul A. Gore
A. J. Metz
(University of Utah)
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Firmly rooted in the concepts of positive psychology. The text encourages all students to develop their strengths, celebrate progress, and use setbacks as opportunities for growth. Positive psychology concepts are introduced in Chapter 1 and referenced continuously throughout.
Balanced and holistic coverage of important college success topics. Connections, Second Edition begins with a look at the foundational skills and mind-sets necessary for college success (critical thinking, goal setting, decision making, motivation, personal responsibility, learning, and time management), before providing comprehensive, balanced coverage of both academic and life skills. This holistic approach emphasizes the importance of both cognitive and noncognitive skills.
Integrates ACES prompts throughout the text. Starting on the first day of class, Connections, Second Edition helps students develop a thoughtful, strengths-based understanding of themselves through ACES (Academic and Career Excellence System), an online self-assessment that gives students, instructors, and administrators the data they need to succeed.
ACES is available within LaunchPad for Connections, Second Edition, which can be packaged with the text or purchased on its own.
Prominent and practical coverage of critical thinking and goal setting.
A strong emphasis on college and career connections. A discrete section at the end of each chapter illustrates how chapter topics apply to the world of work; Chapter 13 on academic and career planning helps students begin creating their own personal roadmaps to success; "College Success = Career Success" activities at the end of each chapter further emphasizes the college/career connection; and an in-depth appendix focuses on conducting a job search.
Clear connections to students' academic and life plans.
A strong foundation in research. Research backs the authors’ guidance to students throughout the book, and the Spotlight on Research feature introduces original research to students in an accessible way.
Chapter Activities that reinforce key themes, prompt self-reflection, and strengthen skills. Each chapter concludes with four activities that instructors can assign as homework or use to prompt class discussion and student engagement.
LaunchPad for Connections (available to be packaged with the text) drives student reflection and goal-setting with a powerful, state-of-the-art student self-assessment called ACES (Academic and Career Excellence System). ACES delivers a norm-referenced report in 12 key areas impactful for college success, so that students can see a realistic picture of their starting point, capitalize on their strengths, and set goals to improve in their growth areas. LaunchPad also features LearningCurve adaptive quizzing, a formative assessment that helps build confidence and mastery of the skills for success, as well as video case studies, which provide positive modeling for building self-efficacy.
A complete package of instructor and student support materials. Instructor resources include an Instructor's Manual, a Computerized Test Bank, lecture slides, classroom response questions, and an Instructor's Annotated Edition featuring suggestions for activities, discussion prompts, writing prompts, and further reading materials.
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