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Out Now: "Preparing for Life and Career," a textbook co-authored by C&I's Yvonne Gentzler

1GentzlerY-pref2011.jpgAssociate Professor, Yvonne Gentzler (Curriculum and Instruction) is co-author to a recently revised textbook, "Preparing for Life and Career," published by Goodheart-Willcox. The textbook, in its seventh edition is intended for secondary learners, and guides readers through topics such as developing interpersonal relationships and communication skills, managing career choices, and pursuing personal health and wellness. Additionally, the text incorporates insights in the studies of social justice, global citizenship and environmental stewardship. Critical thinking is stimulated through questions that encourage self-reflection and analysis.

"The goal of this textbook is to integrate knowledge from the many different subject areas in which our learners are engaging and to demonstrate how these subjects apply to their day-to-day lives and decision making," says Gentzler. "Our students need to be aware that what they're learning in school can be relevant to them now. By integrating their studies in science, math, civic responsibility, and other knowledge, students can be critical about such issues as their own consumption and truly make an impact."

Gentzler researches self-exploration and discovery in the context of the broader community and the environment. Her innovative approaches to instruction have garnered national recognition. For the new edition of "Preparing for Life and Career," Gentzler hopes that "this resource helps young people to become more thoughtful about the choices they make and to recognize their roles in society."

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