ERIC Number: ED286115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-4
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The Influence of Peer Culture on College Student Values.
Dalton, Jon C.
Common problems of establishing independence, making friends, and mastering a new environment draw college students together and create a strong social cohesion which has considerable influence on students' attitudes and values. In many institutions the peer culture is estranged from the academic life of the campus. If student affairs professionals want to have a significant impact on the values of college students they must be able to influence the peer culture. In order to influence the peer culture it is necessary to understand the culture by conducting research on the students and by systematically using data from such research. Student culture must be clearly established as a domain for student development intervention by making formal connections among the curriculum, teaching, and student life. Finally, student affairs professionals must identify and confront those value issues in the peer culture which conflict with educational objectives and have the greatest impact on students' moral development. Important areas to consider include: (1) alcohol and drug education; (2) sexuality; (3) academic integrity; (4) racism and sexism; and (5) volunteerism. Student affairs staff need to be more active in promoting opportunities for students to serve others, combat harmful elements in their environment, and work for noble ideas and causes. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Chicago, IL, March 15-18, 1987).