ERIC Number: ED026001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Mar
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The Attainment of Individuality.
McConnell, T. R.
A commonly held assumption is that students should enter college with values and attitudes shared by their parents and, following 4 years of preparation, leave as adults with identical values and attitudes. It is becoming evident that today's students have chosen to depart from these expectations, since growing numbers of them are entering college with an already high degree of intellectual independence and social autonomy. The usually traumatic process of breaking away from paternalism and developing a personal identity would be smoother if college experiences had greater impact on students' personality characteristics and room for their interests and values. Students should be accorded an increasing degree of freedom and responsibility, accompanied by gradually decreasing supervisory guidance, in order to intelligently evaluate their values, develop self-reliance, and learn to make responsible decisions. The individuality of a student will slowly emerge when he tests his values against those of a wide variety of other individuals and groups. The university has the dual role of preparing its students scholastically and making knowledge relevant to personal development and social progress. It should provide environments which stimulate creative expression by students who determine their own standards of community behavior and deal with infractions of these standards in the classroom and on the rest of the campus. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Note: Seminar given at the University of Minnesota to mark the 25th anniversary of the Coffman Memorial Union, March 1966.