14. At the same time, I want the class to be a place where you are willing to take risks , to ask questions, and I want you to be able to bounce back from misconceptions and setbacks. I want you all to be proud of what you accomplish here in this class. Putting in the effort to prepare and work through a writing process will help you to take the kinds of risks it takes to be a strong writer. Core Abilities: You will notice that the syllabus below lists and defines the Core Abilities (the skills that Pierce College has determined are essential to students’ success) in the shaded box. You will gain skills in all of the Core Abilities this quarter, but the abilities emphasized in this course are Communication, Critical Thinking, and Multiculturalism, but this class uses all of the Core Abilities. You and your instructor will evaluate your progress in the Core Abilities throughout the quarter, and you must achieve success in all of the course outcomes to pass the class. CORE ABILITIES Course work has been designed to prepare you to accomplish each assignment through the use of certain lifelong skills a truly educated person possesses. Pierce College feels that all students should be able to demonstrate competence in five areas called Core Abilities: 8
1. Creative, Critical, and Reflective Thinking - This is the process of questioning and reasoning which is demonstrated by the ability to evaluate ideas and information, anticipate, create, investigate, and integrate in order to develop a meaningful conclusion or product. 2. Effective Communication - This is a successful exchange of messages between a sender and a receiver. The sender creates a message of ideas, information, and/or experience and shapes it into a coherent form, which can be sent or otherwise performed. The receiver accepts, interprets, and responds to a message. Messages may be presented in a variety of forms. 3. Information Competency - This is the ability to recognize a need for information, to persist in acquiring it, and to understand the value of information in personal and academic life. An information competent student can access, evaluate, organize, and apply information from a variety of sources and in a variety of contexts. 4. Multiculturalism - This is a complex set of abilities that includes multiple ways of knowing, being, and thinking. These interdependent abilities are practiced in an ongoing examination of multiple contexts, perspectives, experiences, and voices in an effort to create a multi-centric environment that will ensure co-existence. 5. Responsibility - the ability to examine the relationship between self, community, and environments, to evaluate potential impacts and consequences of actions, and to make choices based on that examination and evaluation. 9
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