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This assignment is the first in a series of assignments of the semester-long research project. The main goal of this assignment is to introduce students into the project and its theme (Becoming a LaGuardia college student). In the next step students conduct a simple analysis of their personal narratives, i.e. data they generated using a simple analytical tool based on concept of college readiness developed by David Conley (2008). In this first step of the project students were prompted through a series of questions to explore and reflect on their motivation for going to college, their future goals and aspirations, their experiences of transitioning from high school, and type of skills and knowledge they considered necessary for college, and what skills, knowledge, support they had or were lacking when enrolling to college.The whole project is described in further detailed here:

Podlucká, D. (2017). Collaborative Inquiry Project in the First-Year Seminar in Psychology: Students’ Agentive Authorship of Learning and Development. In R. Obeid, A. Schwartz, C. Shane-Simpson, & P. J. Brooks (Eds.) How We Teach Now: The GSTA Guide to Student-Centered Teaching. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website

LaGuardia’s Core Competencies and Communication Abilities

Main Course Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce students to research methods and data collection (personal narrative as a one of the research methods in qualitative approach: students writing their personal narrative generated data that were later used in the research project)
  • Students engage in self-exploration and reflect on self-development


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