One of the many delights from the Stanford’s recent conference on teaching introductory psychology was being with and hearing Boise State professor Eric Landrum. The exuberant Landrum is a longtime teaching-of-psychology leader, researcher, and author—and the 2014 president of the Society of the Teaching of Psychology.
His presentation offered his “all-time favorite PowerPoint slide.” It summarizes the conclusions of research by Michigan State’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute showing the main reasons why new college grads get fired. These include: Lack of work ethic, failure to follow instructions, missing assignments or deadlines, and being late.
Sound familiar? Landrum, who studies what helps students succeed, draws a moral from these findings: By simulating a real world employer, and holding to standards, he is doing them a great favor. He is preparing them for real world success.