The Final Objective In The Fys Syllabus Is The Ability

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The final objective in the FYS syllabus is the ability for students to think metacognitively. Metacognition is the ability to think about one’s thinking or the ability to “…plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance.” (Chick). To see the importance of metacognition, one must first imagine a student who cannot think metacognitively. This means that the student would not be able to determine where they are academically and what fields they excel in and which they do not. They also would have no comprehension of what they need to learn in a subject and what they already know about the subject. For example, this student may overestimate their mathematical abilities and take a Calculus course only to fail each test. This…show more content…
As an example, cancer is a leading cause of death in the world and many institutions are dedicated to finding a “cure”—Marshall University even has a Cancer Center near campus. Students who are in the field of Biology should be encouraged to think about cancer and question plausible solutions through extensive research on the subject. This type of exercise could be accomplished in FYS by assigning students a research paper where they must find a modern problem in their field of study and research it. The paper should indicate that the student did adequate research on the topic, has understood the problem, has understood possible solutions to the problem, and the student has proposed their own questions and solutions to the problem—these proposed solutions should not be graded on correctness. Having students assess complex problems while in academia will prepare them to research such problems on their own and allow them to propose possible solutions in the professional setting. The reason why the current inquiry based thinking exercises are flawed is because anyone can question anything, but it takes more effort to question problems and ideas in a specific field that address modern issues. The second change to the FYS course objectives is, when discussing information literacy, students should be encouraged to used more unorthodox and modern sources. YouTube, Ted-Ed, and Open

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