John N. Gardner
Betsy O. Barefoot
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Academic and Career Excellence System (ACES), our student self-assessment, is built into this edition of Step by Step. It is administered in LaunchPad Solo for Step by Step and referenced throughout the printed text.
A revised introductory chapter has been reorganized to serve as a road map to get students off on the right foot, as the title, “Taking the First Step,” suggests.
New Tech Tips in every chapter help students leverage technology for their success. These Tech Tips feature timely subject matter, such as identifying fake news, networking online, and using digital tools to manage your time.
Expanded coverage of critical thinking and adapting to different learning environments (Ch. 4); communicating, researching, and consuming information online (Ch. 8); academic planning (Ch. 9); and gender and sexual identity (Ch. 10)
New student stories reflect a diverse range of students’ life experiences.
New articles cover such topics as online learning, emotional intelligence, information literacy, finding and using campus resources, and sexual harassment.
Streamlined chapter-ending sections encourage students to take the initiative in answering a variety of common questions and solving different kinds of problems. These include:
A carefully executed and updated design and art program keeps students focused and engaged with the content by including images that reflect the experiences of all students in the course, making them feel comfortable and connected. Captions invite students to think critically about the content.
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