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ERIC Number: ED337732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 19
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The Phenomenon of College Student Development: A Perspective of Balance.
Whitner, Phillip A.; Abrahamowicz, Daniel
As college and university professionals prepare for the 21st century they need to be cognizant of the student population they will be serving and how to maximize educational and developmental opportunities. No one theory adequately provides a comprehensive explanation of the processes that manifest themselves during the college experience. All theories and theorists, regardless of magnitude, have made their own particular contribution to the field of human growth and development. Each contribution aids in describing the various processes of growth and development. One ongoing process for all individuals is that of satisfying personal need deficits. Understanding personal need deficit satisfaction requires the acceptance of the premise that all individuals are unique. The uniqueness of individuals is not a new concept for student affairs professionals. The concept of balance provides student affairs professionals with a beginning for understanding and explaining the growth and development phenomenon that occurs in late adolescence and early adulthood, especially during the college experience. Balance is a psychosocial phenomenon whereby an individual assimilates and incorporates new information and experience in order to satisfy existing need deficits so as to pursue a state of homeostasis. Balance is a multi-faceted phenomenon, a state of being. For college students the concept of balance means that each student individually makes the necessary adjustments and adaptations to optimize the college experience. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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