Discuss various aspects of surface culture and customs you have experienced in school.
Surface culture in school Jornal Entry 1
In this activity, you’ll explore various aspects of surface culture and customs you have experienced in school.
Surface culture in school Remember: The five suggestions for creating a meaningful journal appear earlier in this section. Please review these suggestions before writing. Especially remember to copy the directions for each step (just the bold print) into your journal before writing …. and then DIVE DEEP!
Contrast the surface culture of your most recent educational experience (e.g., high school, another college or university, a trade school) with that of your current school. From the following list, choose two or more surface-level features where they differ. Then, in a separate paragraph for each feature, explain how the two are different. Surface culture in school comparison assignment. Explain the advantages and/or disadvantages you see in your present higher education culture as compared with your previous educational culture(s).
Number of students in a class Age of students
Race or ethnicity of students Economic class of students
Courses offered Amount of homework
Popular out-of-school activities Teachers’ treatment of students
Alcohol Academic preparation of educators
Languages spoken Dialects spoken
Sports Amount of writing assigned
Amount of reading assigned Drugs
Architecture of buildings Favorite music
Holidays observed Out-groups
Attendance policy Methods of teaching
Involvement of parents Classrooms
Here’s how your journal entry might begin if you chose “Age of students” and “Teachers’ treatment of students”:
I graduated from high school last year and the ages of students there ranged from about 14 to 18 years old. Here in college the ages of students range from about 17 or 18 to 50 or even older. In my math class this semester, I have a mother and daughter who are taking the class together. Overall, students here in college seem to average about 10 years older than students in high school. A couple of the olderstudents that I’ve talked with went to college before and dropped out. These returning students seem to be more highly motivated and they take their schoolwork more seriously than the younger students. For example, they hardly ever miss a class and they always turn in their homework. Maybe what I should do is Surface culture in school comparison assignment.
Explore the one college custom described in the article above with which you feel most uncomfortable. Address some or all of all of the following questions: What is the cause of your discomfort? How big a problem do you think this custom will be for you? What additional information do you want to learn about this custom? Where can you find that information? Who could help you feel more comfortable? How do you think other students in your class feel about this custom? For example, if you chose to examine “Choose a major,” your journal entry might begin like this Surface culture in school comparison assignment.
I’m a little uncomfortable about choosing a major. The truth is I have no idea what career I want to pursue. I just know I have to make a change. I’ve been out of high school for 10 years and I’ve been working construction. I sure don’t want to do that for the rest of my life. The work is physically demanding, and it’s hard on some of the older guys. I don’t want to be 60 years old and having to go up and down a ladder all day. So I know what I don’t want, but not what I do want. I didn’t really have any favorite subjects when I was in high school. I did okay academically, but mostly I enjoyed playing sports. A guy in one of my classes says he wants to be a doctor. His father is a doctor, so he has a really good idea what a doctor’s life is like. My father sells real estate, but I don’t want to do that. He’s never home in the evenings or on weekends, so I didn’t see him much when I was growing up. When I have a family, I want to be around to see my kids grow up. I hope I don’t have to choose a major too soon. If I do, I’ll probably wind up changing it a couple of times. I guess that wouldn’t be so bad except I heard that by switching I could lose some credits and that could make me take longer to graduate. To pick a good major for me, what I need to find out is Surface culture in school comparison assignment.