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Academic Literacy Acquisition (ALA)
One of the biggest problems facing incoming freshmen in American colleges today is lack of preparation in appropriate reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. These abilities are necessary for success not only in college but also in the professional world. The issues surrounding this problem are complicated and may appear to be unrelated; however, the connection between learning and instruction provides the solution. If instructors possess the concern and tenacity to understand and address how this connection relates to improving student learning, success rates of both the students and the academy can be improved. Learning must be understood in regards to diversity of style, cultural and social background, steps of knowledge building, the role of neuroscience, and the implications of the digital age on education.
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