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Angela Provitera McGlynn
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Mercer County Community College

Teaching Todays College Students Teaching Today's College Students:
Widening the Circle of Success
by Angela Provitera McGlynn

Atwood Publishing, 2007

A college classroom is, in essence, a teacher and some students. Your job as the teacher is to teach. The student's job is to learn.

If only it were really so simple.

On today's college campuses, there's no such thing as the "typical" student or even the "'typical" teacher. Diversity abounds (among both students and faculty) across several dimensions: generation, racial/ethnic background, and socioeconomic status, among many others.

Your students bring their own melting pot of upbringings and experiences with them to class every single day-and so do you-making for a modern instructional environment that is more challenging, but also more potentially rewarding, than ever.

In Teaching Today's College Students: Widening the Circle of Success, veteran college professor and author Angela Provitera McGlynn walks you through the complexities of understanding today's diverse college students and shows you how to actually apply that knowledge in your classroom instructional activities-so that all of your students reach their full potential as learners. You'll discover:

  • The wide-ranging demographics of today's college students and the inevitable instructional challenges-and opportunities-that result.
  • The relatively new and often troublesome classroom behaviors that can have a profoundly negative effect on both your students' learning and your teaching-unless you deal with them or, better yet, prevent them in the first place by understanding their often innocent causes.
  • The innovative pedagogical strategies you can use to engage today's students, motivate them, and help them develop the critical thinking skills they'll need to find success and satisfaction after college


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