College Student Development
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Published by Springer Science and Business Media LLC
9780826118165
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This timely and comprehensive overview of key theories of student development illustrates their application across a range of student services with diverse student populations. It focuses on nontraditional student populations, including adults changing careers, parents, veterans, and international students. The book examines relevant theories of cognitive, ethical, moral, and personality development, as well as theories of identity development in terms of ethnicity, gender, and ability. Also covered are theories relevant to disability issues, LGBTQ identity issues, and choice of career and degree programs. Unique to the text is information on how theories can be applied, beyond understanding individual students, to student groups and to guide the coordination of student affairs services across the campus. Engaging case vignettes immerse readers in diverse perspectives and demonstrate the application of theory to a wide range of student types and issues. The book covers the history and development of each theory along with its strengths and limitations. Also included are useful suggestions on how to best assist students with current challenges. Questions for reflection that conclude each chapter reinforce information and encourage further exploration. An insightful text for courses in college student development in relevant graduate programs and for student affairs professionals who wish to enhance their abilities, this book reflects the realities of contemporary college student life and student affairs practices.
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