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The Fourth Edition of the classic This Book is Not Required: A Success Manual for First-Year Students breaks new ground in participatory education, offering insight and inspiration to help undergraduates make the most of their university years. This edition continues to teach about the university experience as a whole—looking at the personal, social, intellectual, and spiritual demands and opportunities—while incorporating new material highly relevant to today's students. The material is presented in a personable and straightforward manner, maintaining Dr. Inge Bell's illuminating writing style throughout, and inviting students to take responsibility for, and make the most of, their educational experiences.

New to This Edition: Features two new chapters, “Technology” (Chapter 3) and “Survival Skills” (Chapter 12), as well as new material on academic integrity, including the increased prevalence of cheating through the Internet.

Key Features: Offers real-life student vignettes that address current issues facing university students; Encourages a participatory university education and personal reflection for students in many different disciplines; Includes three bonus appendices: “For Teachers and Students Using this Book”; “A Primer on ‘Buddhist Sociology’ Pioneered by Inge Bell”; and “Short Biographies of the ‘Team Bell’ Members”.

An Academic Question
An academic question

“We call it “academic freedom,'” said the queen, “because everybody is free to be completely academic.”

LewisCarroll (1865/1960)

An academic question, as we all know, is a question about such an obscure fine point that only an academician would bother with it. Thus, ...

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