Science Whiz Kid to Failing College Student: What are the Odds?. NACADA National Conference October 8, 2005. Kathleen Sindt, Ph.D. Senior Academic Advisor Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD [email protected] Heather Bisher, M.A.E. First Year Advisor
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Science Whiz Kid to Failing College Student: What are the Odds?
NACADA National Conference
October 8, 2005
Kathleen Sindt, Ph.D.
Senior Academic Advisor
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
Heather Bisher, M.A.E.
First Year Advisor
Residence Life and New Student Programs
Carmen Etienne, M.A.
School of Engineering and Computer Science
“Moving from adolescence to adulthood involves detaching from parents, finding career direction, achieving autonomy, and developing a mature relationship, among several processes described by developmental theorists…Exceptional ability does not exempt individuals from struggles associated with accomplishing these tasks. In fact, heightened sensitivity, which has been associated with high ability…may make “uncontrollable: developmental transitions uniquely challenging for the highly able. Difficult developmental transitions may in turn place such individuals at risk for poor post-high-school academic performance.” (Peterson, 2002)
Much of the published work can be grouped into three areas:
Self-regulated learning can be defined as the process by which students actively use self-generated cognitions, behaviors and emotions to achieve a goal.
These students plan their learning, practice a variety of learning strategies and apply old techniques to new settings, evaluate their own learning in the context of their goals, and reflect upon what worked.
Out of 296 students in General Biology I and 277 students in Intro Chemistry I:
17 KSAS freshmen received D’s or F’s
(Note: surveyed only sec 01 of chemistry)
The General Biology class is about half freshmen, mainly AS students.
Intro Chemistry I class is nearly all freshmen, but about one-third are EN students.
* No significant differences were found despite different populations being attracted to each of the institutions*