College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready
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College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready

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Although more and more students have the test scores and transcripts to get into college, far too many are struggling once they get there. These students are surprised to find that college coursework demands so much more of them than high school. For the first time, they are asked to think deeply, write extensively, document assertions, solve non-routine problems, apply co...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 22nd 2005 by Jossey-Bass (first published 2005)
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Virginia
I was hoping this book would help inform our review of course offerings at our high school in the social studies department. Unfortunately, the requisite knowledge listed by the author as necessary for college success is just as broad and vague as our current understanding.

Just saying, for example, that students should be familiar with the Vietnam war does not actually inform what is to be taught about the war. Or what accompanying historical skills are necessary for college success. I totally a...more
Michael Jenkins
Although this book provided statistical date on how to achieve in college, I will not consider this to be insightful. The book mainly informed people on what to expect in college but did not really give them any solutions on why should they attend. When I read the book title, I expected to read a persuasive book on the benefits of college and the excuses people make on why they are not going. Instead I got a bunch of graphs, data and useless information on comparing high school academics to coll...more
Ed Ingman
When I began this book I didn't have really inspiring hopes for what I would learn. I had heard from others that it was dry and technical (are those mutually exclusive?). I came away thinking that this is my go to handbook for strategies that will help increase students college access. Mr. Conley has some great ideas for how you can improve your school and better prepare students for college. This is definitely written for educational leaders (within high schools, colleges, or policy-makers). Bu...more
Terry
Aug 09, 2011 Terry marked it as to-read
In reading Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Conley's book is cited repeatedly. I'd hope to go to the source Schmoker finds so compelling.
Warda Youssif
I was hoping this book would help inform our review of course offerings at our high school in the social studies department. Unfortunately, the requisite knowledge listed by the author as necessary for college success is just as broad and vague as our current understanding.
Fbenton
This is more of a textbook than a book you read and like. It is very useful for thinking about curriculum and for thinking about big picture school alignment.
Jen
Great for helping me articulate my big picture goals for both my class and the program in general
Jennifer


I took LOTS of notes.
Super-useful
Charmayne Polen
Great for teachers to read!
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