ERIC Number: ED194008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Adult Development Theory With Higher Education Practice. Current Issues in Higher Education, No. 5, 1980.
Chickering, Arthur W.; Knefelkamp, L. Lee
Perspectives concerning the application of adult development theory to the education of college students are presented in two papers. In "Adult Development: A Workable Vision for Higher Education," Arthur W. Chickering suggests that the major dimensions of adult development are essentially the same objectives pursued by the university, and that by addressing these adult development dimensions current social needs can be better approached. It is further proposed that taking adult development as an organizing purpose will strengthen the integration of career education and liberal learning, theory and practice, and community resources and extracurricular activities with academic studies. Research results are cited that indicate changes in political and social beliefs and in academic preferences and concerns after college study. In "Faculty and Student Development in the 80's: Renewing the Community of Scholars," L. Lee Knefelkamp suggests that student development theory can become a common purpose unifying all segments of the university. Different development theories and their particular advantages when applied to understanding college students are summarized. Among these are William Perry's theory of the intellectual and cognitive development of students in college. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Cognitive Development, College Role, College Students, Developmental Stages, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Theories
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 1980).