Conscious Choices

Conscious Choices : A Model for Self-Directed Learning

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For courses in Freshman Orientation, Human Development, and Critical Thinking. Promoting self-directed learning by creating an attitude and emotional readiness to learn, this text shows students how to develop qualities of emotional intelligence, increase critical thinking skills, and integrate personal goals into their decision making process. It delivers powerful concepts designed to create the receptivity, focus, and integrity necessary to master life long more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 187.96 x 228.6 x 10.16mm | 317.51g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0131129317
  • 9780131129313

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Knowing how to learn has become the ultimate foundational skill that supports success on all levels and in all situations. Conscious Choices delivers powerful concepts designed to create the receptivity, focus, and integrity necessary to master lifelong learning. When we learn how to connect our values and goals with our moment-to-moment choices, we move toward balance, integration, and well-being in all aspects of life. This text assists learners in developing qualities of emotional intelligence, increasing critical thinking skills, and integrating personal goals into their decision-making processes. "Conscious Choices" focuses on four core competencies: Critical thinking Comprehension Motivation Self-mastery A Companion Website at gives students extra opportunities to demonstrate these more

About Elaine Gray

Elaine Gray, Ph.D. Elaine taught student success courses in the classroom and on-line at Valencia Community College from 1995 to 2001. During this time, she was nominated for Who's Who in American Teachers. She holds a Masters in Liberal Studies from Rollins College and has completed postgraduate work in learning theory at Florida State University. Her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies focused on learning and change in human systems. The topic of her dissertation research centered on the study of emotional intelligence in on-line student success courses. She has worked with publishers as an author, trainer, and developer of Web-based student success curricula. She has an extensive background in multimedia design and audio/video production. Elaine appears as a keynote speaker at student success conferences throughout the country. Elaine's teaching strategies are influenced by social constructivism as well as active and collaborative learning. She uses dialog and selfreflection as primary teaching tools. In her own studies, she learned firsthand the value of peer-to-peer learning as a method to widen and deepen perspectives. Her emphasis on case studies and reflective inquiry derives from the belief that a student's experiential involvement creates lasting and meaningful learning experiences. This book is grounded in exercises designed to help students become self-directed learners with principle-driven goals. Elaine believes that through conscious choices students can create success and prosperity in life. Dr. Gray is the recipient of the Brantz award at Appalachian State for Outstanding Teaching in First Year Seminarshow more

Table of contents

1. Self Directed Learning: Values and Goals. 2. Choices: Critical Thinking. 3. Attention: Comprehension and Focus. 4. Energy: Mental and Physical Well Being. 5. Emotional Intelligence: Self Mastery. 6. Integrity: Motivation and Accountability. 7. Integration: Time and Learning. References and more

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