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					                                         Academic Acculturation
Most students who do not succeed in college have the academic smarts to do college work, but lack
"academic acculturation”. That is, the student--for whatever reason--does not have the general academic
behaviors and attitudes that professors expect in students. Thus, sometimes it appears that the professor
is glad to be rid of these annoying students and looks at their departure as natural selection in action.
This handout is an attempt to save those students who have not been "academically acculturated" yet, by
listing expectations--in terms of academic acculturation--for the Understanding Psychological Research
class. In general, students should:
1. INVEST APPROPRIATE TIME IN THIS COURSE. Every 5-unit course at CSUB is designed so that a
student will spend 10 hours per week on the class beyond scheduled class meetings and lab work.
Understanding Psychological Research is planned to require this much effort (if not more) and therefore
deserves this commitment from you. You should also realize that you may find the need for more than 10
hours per week on this class, but this is no reflection on your abilities because all students process
information at different rates and have different backgrounds in terms of the course material.
2. GET ENGAGED IN THIS COURSE. You should listen rather than hear, look rather than see, and
literally become part of the course. Learning is not a passive experience
3. WORK AT BEING A PROBLEM SOLVER. You will be exposed to ideas that that you have not
previously considered and perhaps do not understand. This is not an accident. The professor will attempt
to stretch the way you think so that you can understand new ideas. This will require mental effort on your
part, because as already noted "LEARNING IS NOT A PASSIVE EXPERIENCE." Learning is process
where you become aware of new ways to think and solve all problems!
4. PREPARE FOR CLASS. You will get more out of class by having anticipated the assignments. You
should approach each reading assignment as an intellectual workout. Get ready, assemble your
resources, and then apply them effectively. Get intense!! You can become a better student by making
additional notes in your notebook as you review the notes and by making notes in the margin of your text
as you read the material. And remember notes do not always have to mean you understand a topic. In
other words, make notes about the items that you do not understand and get help later.
5. BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT. You should come to class on time and return from breaks at the
announced time. You should return to class after a break and you should make appointments or other
commitments at times that do not conflict with class. You pay to be in class, so why not get what you have
purchased?
6. BE MENTALLY PRESENT. You should talk with a friend before or after class, not during the class
lecture. You should respect the rights of others by allowing others to ask questions without interruption.
Remember that you do not like to be ignored and neither do your colleagues. You should stay engaged
with class activities and be disturbed by those who prepare to leave early disrupting the education you are
purchasing.
7. COME TO EACH CLASS MEETING TO LEARN. Listen to what is being said, attempt to understand
what is being said, take notes on what is being said, and elaborate on your notes as needed after class.
Leave each class meeting with more knowledge. As the professor, I promise to contribute an appropriate
share of my intellectual resources to the course and I expect you to do the same.
8. ATTEND TO DEMONSTRATIONS, FILMS, AND OTHER CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES. The activities
that are outside of lecture are not "filler" items. Each is included for a reason, each is an important part of
the learning experience, and you should provide your full attention to the item if you are to learn.
"LEARNING IS NOT A PASSIVE EXPERIENCE."
9. LEARN FROM FEEDBACK. You will be given extensive feedback on your exams and other written
assignments. Learn from your mistakes and get help if you do not understand the feedback.
10. FIND OUT WHAT YOU HAVE MISSED. If you must miss class or arrive late, assume that you have
missed items of importance. When possible, arrange in advance to get notes and discuss what you
missed. When not possible, contact a colleague immediately to get "caught up”.
11. DO THE WORK ON TIME. You should know that taking an exam late or turning in an assignment
late is not good. Your grade will suffer from your procrastination.

Finally, remember! Academically acculturated students are not better people, but they have a much
easier time in college and they certainly get better grades! "LEARNING IS NOT A PASSIVE
EXPERIENCE"

I, ______________________________ ,            have read the statement on Academic acculturation.
        (please print your name)

Signature _____________________   Date _____________
 ___________________________________________________________________________________

Furthermore, I have read the following definitions dealing with Plagiarism and understand that any act of
plagiarism on my part will result in an F for this course and a formal letter of my indiscretion will be added
to my academic file.

Plagiarize: take and use as one's own (the thoughts, writings, interventions, etc., of another person);
copy (literary work, ideas, etc.) improperly or without acknowledgments; pass off the thoughts, works,
etc. of another person as one's own.
Plagiarism: The action or fact of plagiarizing a work, idea, author, etc.; literary theft; an act or instance of
this.

Signature _____________________             Date _____________

 ___________________________________________________________________________________

PERMISSION TO POST GRADES
I, ________________________             , give my permission to post my scores/grades in Understanding
Psychological Research, during the Spring 2008, using the last four digits of my social security number.


Signature _____________________             Date _____________

Social Security # ___________ - ________ - ________________

				
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