Foundations of Student Affairs PracticeHow Philosophy, Theory, and Research Strengthen Educational Outcomes
Foundations of Student Affairs Practice is an essential resource that explores the purposes of higher education, the theories that provide a foundation for student learning and growth, and the experiences that contribute to student learning. Florence Hamrick, Nancy Evans, and John Schuh—three preeminent leaders in the field—show how student affairs professionals can provide a more meaningful and holistic educational experience for their students.
Preface. The Authors. Part One: Historical, Theoretical, and Philosophical Foundations. 1 Examining Institutional Missions. 2 Putting Student Development in Context. 3 How Campus Environments Influence Student Outcomes. 4 The Role of Student Affairs in the Learning Process. Part Two: Understanding Key Student Outcomes. 5 Self-Aware and Interpersonally Sensitive Individual. 6 Democratic Citizen. 7 Educated Person. 8 Skilled Worker. 9 Life Skills Manager. Part Three: Where We Go from Here. 10 Recommendations for Practice. 11 Recommendations for Further Research. Name Index. Subject Index.
"An excellent synthesis of information from several disciplines." (Teachers College Record, 4/15/03)
Florence A. Hamrick is associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. Nancy J. Evans is professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University and coauthor of Student Development in College (Jossey-Bass). John H. Schuh is professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University and coauthor of numerous publications and books including Assessment in Student Affairs, Advising Student Groups and Organizations, and Involving Colleges, all from Jossey-Bass.
If student affairs practitioners are to succeed in their profession, they must have an understanding of college students that goes beyond the students' academic needs. Student affairs professionals can better promote the welfare of their students if they can translate the developmental theories and research of student affairs into effective and practical intervention. Foundations of Student Affairs Practice fills a void in the existing student services literature by offering a useful resource that bridges the gap between academic theory and research and practical application. This important volume is written for student affairs administrators, academic affairs administrators, faculty, and other leaders who are concerned with understanding how student development theory informs a wide range of campus activities relating to the support and intellectual nurturing of students. Foundations of Student Affairs Practice gives a historical, theoretical, and philosophical overview of student development at colleges and universities, includes student development theories that can be used as tools for directing student growth and development, and offers a review of the most recent trends and current literature to promote a more holistic view of student learning. Foundations of Student Affairs Practice will help student affairs professionals examine desired outcomes for students, identify appropriate learning experiences, and brainstorm outcomes and learning experiences that can be fashioned to enhance students— learning at specific campuses with their own sets of traditions, histories, and geographies. This book will give voice to practitioners by helping them clearly articulate what they are trying to do, why they are doing it, and how their efforts are consistent with the educational objectives of their colleges and universities.
Foundations of Student Affairs Practice is an essential resource that explores the purposes of higher education, the theories that provide a foundation for student learning and growth, and the experiences that contribute to student learning. Florence Hamrick, Nancy Evans, and John Schuh— three preeminent leaders in the field— show how student affairs professionals can provide a more meaningful and holistic educational experience for their students.
"This book is a great contribution to the literature of student affairs. The authors show the relationship and the usefulness of differing perspectives on professional practice. They weave an intriguing tapestry of ideas which informs who we are and what we do." — Margaret J. Barr, professor emeritus and former vice president for student affairs, Northwestern University "This well-written and informative book will benefit people who are concerned with the development of students but are pondering whether their current campus practices are effective. The authors provide a detailed philosophical and theoretical underpinning about student learning, summarize current practices seen as successful on the college campus, and then offer the reader a number of ways to look at outcomes." — James J. Rhatigan, senior vice president, Wichita State University "A must read for all who are serious about purposefully influencing student outcomes. Hamrick, Evans and Schuh are masterful at the integration of theory and practice." — Susan R. Komives, coeditor, Student Services, past president of the American College Personnel Association, Associate Professor of College Student Personnel, University of Maryland