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Applying Student Development Theories Holistically
Exemplar Programming in Higher Education

ISBN 9780815380771
Published October 29, 2018 by Routledge
204 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book dives into student development theory, unpacking key foundational and emergent theories of college student development while providing contemporary examples and application. Showcasing a diversity of programs, practices, and services across a variety of institutional types, Applying Student Development Theories Holistically demonstrates how professionals are intertwining the science of theory with the art of practice in multidimensional, holistic ways. Helping aspiring higher education and student affairs practitioners grasp and use theories holistically, this important text brings to life theoretical knowledge to enhance the development and learning of college and university students.

Table of Contents


Foreword: It is not Magic

Susan R. Komives


List of Figures and Tables

Chapter 1, Introduction: Developmental Theories as Exemplar Programming Guides

Katie Branch and Monique N. Golden

Part I, Who Am I? Psychosocial and Social Identity Development

Christine M. Wilson

Chapter 2, A Pre-Orientation Retreat to Increase Retention and Develop Competence

Kelly Carter Merrill

Chapter 3, An Identity Development and Support Initiative for Black Men

Jonathan A. McElderry, Jordan Williams, Marcus Mayes, Donald D. Gilliam, and Curtis Taylor, Jr.

Chapter 4, Relationship Building as a Pathway to Cross Cultural Awareness

Jennifer A. Blair and Gordon S. Louie

Chapter 5, A Student Organization for First Generation Students

Sarah E. Schoper, Emily N. Davidson, and Christine Nguyen

Part II, How Do I Make Meaning? Cognitive Development

Christine M. Wilson

Chapter 6, Ethical and Moral Reasoning Development Across Campus

Anna Randolph Lehnen and Lori K. Pyle

Chapter 7, Promoting Self-Authorship Using Individualized Accountability Plans

Erik Sorensen and Elizabeth K. Walsh

Chapter 8, Self-Authorship and Critical Praxis with Student Staff

Chelsea Fullerton and Scott Burden

Part III, Influences on Development

Christine M. Wilson

Chapter 9, Supporting Transitions from a Community College to a 4-Year Institution

Sharee L. Myricks, Amber DePree, and Julie M. Landaw

Chapter 10, Fostering Engagement with Social Justice through Experiential Learning

B. Ashley Staples, Ben Jones, and Vanessa Perez


Chapter 11, Theory-in-Use Core Concepts: Perspectives from Scholarly Practitioners

Katie Branch with Jeanne S. Hart-Steffes

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Katie Branch is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island, USA.

Jeanne S. Hart-Steffes is Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Western New England University, USA.

Christine M. Wilson is Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Student Activities at the University of Connecticut, USA.


"Those of us who teach theory lack books designed for the application of those theories. This book fills that void in that it provides a text focused on this application of theories and assessment of application effectiveness."
- Tony W. Cawthon, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Leadership, Counselor Education, and Human Organization Development, Clemson University

"Many graduate students lack exposure to a diverse array of programs and application is frequently lacking in ‘theory’ textbooks ; I am pleased to see the emphasis on ‘real life’ examples in this book."
- Suzanne Maniss, Program Director, Professional Counseling and Student Affairs in Higher Education, Stephen F. Austin State University