ERIC Number: ED275951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-10
Reference Count: 0
Involvement in Learning: The Role of Student Affairs Professionals.
Parker, Rebecca; Aldred, Karen E.
This paper begins by discussing a National Institute of Education report (NIE, 1984) which was compiled by the study group on the conditions of excellence in American higher education and which focused on student involvement, higher expectations, and assessment and feedback. The NIE report is presented as a framework which academic professionals can use to evaluate and develop programs to enhance the quality of undergraduate education. The roles of student affairs professionals in contributing to quality education are highlighted and principles of student involvement and assessment and how they are being implemented into practice through student development programs are discussed. A new theory of Student Involvement (Astin, 1985) is presented and three theories of student learning (content, resource, and individualized) are examined. A possible assessment approach which could be used by professionals to evaluate the contributions made by student affairs programs and by the quality of student involvement to the overall education of undergraduates is presented. A section on implementation of the principles identifies six developmental needs of students and reviews the ways that various student affairs programs attempt to meet those needs. A final section addresses the issue of value addedness, the positive difference that an educational experience makes in a student's knowledge, attitudes, and skills. The value added program at Northeast Missouri State University is described. Thirty-four references are provided (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (New Orleans, LA, April 9-12, 1986).