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well said, I too prefer the 3 credit model, although I too have
taught the one credit model. Prof L

> I've talked to a number of folks who are convinced that the Freshman Year
> Experience course (the one credit model) can handle the study strategy
> training---along with all the very good things done in these courses.  This
> movement continues to mature with many courses for specially defined campus
> groups, etc.  Still, I'd like very much to see proof that either content
> reading skills or study strategies based upon the limited degree of blind
> training delivered in these courses have any transfer value to other
> courses.  Referral is fine but it can not replace what goes on in an
> adjunct/paired course or an SI session..
> Provosts like the fact that any person with a limited degree of training
> can deliver a freshman semiar course for little money.  In some places the
> stipend is such (if at all) that it is cheaper than hiring PTI's.
> Unfortunately this approach to study strategy training leads to a
> deskilling/deprofessionalizing of our field (ironically at a time when
> there are probably more first rate professionals available to serve than
> ever before).
>
> Mind you--I'm not jumping on FYE courses--I've taught them over the past 25
> years at four different postsecondary schools (I greatly prefer the three
> credit model.).  What I oppose is the thought that FYE classes can handle
> postsecondary reading/learning instruction -- particularly when the plate
> is so full with other issues.
>
> Well scouts-- got to run my class in comparative reading instruction is
> about to begin.  Thanks for letting me vent.  Have a good evening.
>
>
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