My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 25, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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After fifteen years of teaching anthropology at a large university, Rebekah Nathan had become baffled by her own students. Their strange behavior—eating meals at their desks, not completing reading assignments, remaining silent through class discussions—made her feel as if she were dealing with a completely foreign culture. So Nathan decided to do what anthropologists do when confused by a different culture: Go live with them. She enrolled as a freshman, moved into the dorm, ate in the dining hall, and took a full load of courses. And she came to understand that being a student is a pretty difficult job, too. Her discoveries about contemporary undergraduate culture are surprising and her observations are invaluable, making My Freshman Year essential reading for students, parents, faculty, and anyone interested in educational policy.
  

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Pretty striking how much she didn't know about the way college works on the student side of things. Read full review

Review: My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

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Pretty striking how much she didn't know about the way college works on the student side of things. Read full review

Contents

Welcome to AnyU
1
Life in the Dorms
19
Community and Diversity
41
As Others See Us
67
Academically Speaking
90
The Art of College Management
107
Lessons from My Year as a Freshman
132
Ethics and Ethnography
158
Notes
169
References
177
Index
181
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About the author (2006)

Rebekah Nathan is a pseudonym for Cathy Small. She has been a professor of anthropology at Northern Arizona University for fifteen years.

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