Native American and First Nations, College and Career Success

Author(s): Marsha Fralick, Beatrice Zamora Aguilar, Larry Gauthier

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2017


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For Native American and Indigenous students, positive self-concept includes pride in their cultural background.


Native American & First Nations College & Career Success is designed to improve student retention and success for Native American and Indigenous college students. It is based on the premise that cultural pride and positive self-identity are the foundations for learning.

The 2nd edition of Native American & First Nations College & Career Success:

  • features a new chapter titled Cultural Identity and Success that gives an overview of Native American and Canadian Indigenous history of higher education from colonization to the present day.
  • has material useful to Native Americans in the United States (Native American and Alaskan Native) and the Indigenous peoples of Canada (First Nations, Aboriginal, Metis, and Inuit).
  • includes concepts from positive psychology and topics on career, college and lifelong success. 
  • features "Stories from the Elders" sections that help students to connect universal themes in Native American cultures to learning. Since various tribal stories are shared, they also bridge commonalities across cultures. Includes contributions from tribes in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
  • presents "The Talking Circle" activities that provide questions which enable students to relate their traditional stories to success in college.
  • increases math success – this edition has expanded material on how to study math, take math notes, deal with math anxiety, and how to be success on math tests.

The many tools included with this text are designed for student engagement. Interactive activities, frequent quizzes, journal entries, and individual and group exercises are all featured in this new 2nd edition.

Students will also gain access to an online career portfolio which will help them make an informed choice of their college major and career. The Do What You Are personality assessment and the MI Advantage assessment give students results that are linked to the O*Net database of careers for exploration. Simply Hired is also included to assist students in finding employment while in college or after graduation.

Chapter 1  Cultural Identity and Success

Chapter 2  Understanding Motivation

Chapter 3  Exploring Your Personality and Major

Chapter 4  Managing Time and Money

Chapter 5  Using Brain Science to Improve Memory

Chapter 6  Using Brain Science to Improve Study Skills

Chapter 7  Taking Notes, Writing, and Speaking

Chapter 8  Test Taking

Chapter 9  Thinking Positively about the Future

Marsha Fralick

Dr. Marsha Fralick has been recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition for excellence in teaching, curriculum development, and leadership over the last 43 years. She has brought together research in psychology, education, neuroscience, health, and career development to provide students with strategies for college, career, and lifelong success. Her college and career success materials are now used by community colleges and universities nationwide and in Canada. She has a doctorate from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in career counseling, a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Redlands, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from Arizona State University. She has a passion for helping students achieve their goals and dreams in life through developing a positive self-concept and increasing both their skills and motivation to achieve success.

Beatrice Zamora Aguilar

Beatrice Zamora is a retired educator with 32 years of service with a special focus upon students who face challenges of being low-income, educationally underprepared, and under-represented in college. Beatrice has served in various roles in higher education including the Dean of Counseling and Student Services, professor, and counselor. In 2015, Beatrice received the honor of Woman of the Year – Higher Education, bestowed upon her by the California State Legislature, an acknowledgement of her dedication and service to the students of California. Bea understands that cultural diversity is a strength and she has explored her Native American heritage through the Aztec dance and culture of Mexico and collecting Native American stories. She has a passion for creating equality and helping students reach for their dreams.

Larry Gauthier

As a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Larry Gauthier was raised in the Woodland Cree traditions and incorporates traditional First Nations value and beliefs systems into student support programs. Larry has spent over 20 years working in student support services and most recently at the senior executive level with Southeast College in Saskatchewan. His passion has always been student retention and success.

Related ISBN's: 9781792420719, 9781792421914

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