ERIC Number: ED285098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-10
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Graduate and Undergraduate Students Together: An Experiential Learning Model for Teaching Student Development Theory in Student Personnel Preparation Programs.
Champagne, Delight E.
Undergraduates on college campuses are one of the best resources for learning about college student development. Nonetheless, graduate programs which prepare student personnel professionals have typically neglected to involve undergraduates in courses which attempt to teach student development theory and research. Without input and feedback from actual students, student development theory is just theory. Professionals-in-training must resort to applying theoretical information in field sites and in later employment. Likewise, undergraduates lose out by not having access to graduate student role models who may stimulate their development. This potential for generativity is often overlooked. A model of instruction was developed at Springfield College in Massachusetts which offers an alternative means of instructing graduate students about the development of college students. In a course entitled "The Psychology of the College Age Adult" graduate students and undergraduate seniors unite in experiential learning activities to actively learn together about the processes involved in college student development. Exercises are designed to introduce, illustrate, or apply theoretical foundations related to student development. Lecture and group discussions precede and follow experiential learning activities. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (New Orleans, LA, April 9-12, 1986).