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Advocacy Session #3


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Advocacy Session #3

  1. 1. The Successful PostSecondary Student
  2. 2. Website - Agenda
  3. 3. What are you going to takeaway from what we haveto say? What choices will you make?
  4. 4. What has that got to do withschool?
  5. 5. It is all about choice – andwhat you deem is important Because we can teach you nothing…. Unless you want to learn And if you do not want to be here – you are free to leave – today If you stay – you commit to 9 days of building your post-secondary to be a foundation for the next 6 years What do you want to take away from today? How are we going to do that together?
  6. 6. Rules of Engagement Willbe common to all university classrooms Student code of conduct Expectations for my sessions
  7. 7. You can do this What will you choose?
  8. 8. 2001 Statistics Population Sampled (15 years and older) = 23 901 360 or about 24 000 000 6 173 225 start university = 24% 3 687 650 complete degree = 15% 642 055 complete a masters = 2.6% 128 625 complete a PhD = .5%
  9. 9. Social Role As Defined by Sociologist Talcott ParsonsA Social Role may be defined as a socially expected pattern… of behaviours, responsibilities, expectations, and privileges.
  10. 10. Characteristics of the Successful Student What do they look like? What don’t they look like? How do they behave? How don’t they behave? Divide into 4 groups
  11. 11. CharacteristicsWhat do they look like? What don’t they look like?1. “smart” – glasses, reading 1. Rumpled 2. Scruffy2. Carries backpack 3. Baggy clothes3. Well dressed 4. Intoxicated4. Carries books 5. Parties all the time5. Conservative 6. Bags under their clothing eyes
  12. 12. CharacteristicsHow do they How don’t they Behave? behave?1. Motivated 1. Lazy2. Articulate 2. Disrespectful3. Well spoken 3. Hostile
  13. 13. Images of Students
  14. 14. Age? Gender? Diversity? Who will be in your classes?
  15. 15. Social Role of the Student of behaviour responsibilities – Expectations –and privileges –What are these for a student
  16. 16. Social Role of the Student of behaviour, - doing work responsibilities - studying, completing assignments, attending class Expectations – you will work hard, you will fulfill all class requirements and privileges – access to library, access to funding, access to student services, reduced rates for museums, travel, ability to choose courses, create own time table
  17. 17. Roles Powerfully Impact Upon: Image in eyes of others ~ status & reputation Image in own eyes ~ self-image Acceptance and belonging Associations and relationships Autonomy and freedom Personal growth and development Opportunities Material side of life Lifestyle
  18. 18. What other Social Roles Do You Hold· It is useful to make a list of the roles that you hold in your life.· These may include some of the following common roles:· Spouse, child, parent, sibling, worker, frien d, profession, hobbyist, voluntary worker, older person.
  19. 19. What Happens when RolesConflict?
  20. 20. Social Roles and LDsConnection Terminology re LD  Permanent disability – tied to rights  Neurological dysfunction in one or more of the psychological processes related to learning Learn “differently” vs Learning Disability Concept of “passing” Concept of “comorbidity” stopped here
  21. 21. There are both positiveand negative socialroles.List positive social rolesand negative ones
  22. 22. The Social Definition ofDevaluation A person becomes perceived or defined as devalued…1. By being different from others…2. In one or more dimensions…3. Which are perceived as significant by a majority or ruling segment of a society…4. Who value this difference negatively.
  23. 23. Society Devalues Certain Qualities &Conditions
  24. 24. Minority groups WidelyDevalued in Western Society Those impaired in  Senses – vision, hearing  Body – CP, epilespy, etc  Mind – psychiatric illness, intellectual disability Those see as disordered in behavior  Activity level – hyperactive, lethargic  Self-destructive , substance dependent  Sexual orientation or conduct Socially rebellious  Lawless, delinquent, imprisioned  dissident Wolf Wolfsenberger - Syracuse University Training Institute
  25. 25. Minority groups WidelyDevalued in Western Society The poor Those with few or unwanted skills  Illiterate  unemployed Those“unassimilated” for other reasons:  Age – unborn, newborn, aged  Race, nationality, ethnicity  religion
  26. 26. So what do we do about it?Minimize devaluation...Maximize valued social roles…
  27. 27. By paying attention to…the socially expected pattern of behaviours, responsibilities, expectations, and privileges,…of a University Student
  28. 28. We accomplish this through rolecommunicators What are role communicators?
  29. 29. Role Communicators1. The structure & context of the physical environment University Campus vs. separate space
  30. 30. Role Communicators1. The people associated with a person or group, including clients, staff, others
  31. 31. Role Communicators Thebehaviours that are expected, demanded, shaped, & acted out
  32. 32. Role Communicators con’t.4. The language that is used:a. Direct address to people a. Dr. vs. Sir vs. Missb. Indirect references to peoplec. Names of services processes, including activities, staff titlesd. Facility/service names a. Student Affairs vs. Student, Community and Leadership Development
  33. 33. Role Communicators con’t.5. Other imagery attached to a person or group 1. stereotypes
  34. 34. Awareness/Advocacy Why at present at beginning of program?
  35. 35. STEPS TO LEARNING Senses Processing Memory Expression