ERIC Number: ED348597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-19
Critique of Student Development Literature.
Stamatakos, Louis C.
The literature affecting the growing profession of student development can be broken down into three basic forms: text books and text/practitioner books; refereed and non-refereed journals; and monographs and Jossey-Bass New Direction Series paperbacks. These printed materials are directed to and serve a very disparate audience of about 50,000 student affairs workers. Journal articles about student development can be categorized into experimental analytical literature; descriptive literature; and philosophical/essay articles. Contemporary texts and practitioner books can be characterized as possessing chapters on the history of student affairs, inclusive of the student development starting in the 1970s; chapters on various human development theories such as are deemed appropriate to college students; chapters on infusing student development theory into the workplace; chapters on legal relationships and discipline as related to developmental outcomes, chapters on assessment and evaluation of developmental programs and activities; and a smattering of chapters on administrative theory, administration, staffing, staff development, ethical behavior, and challenges or unresolved problems facing the profession. Student development will continue to be outside the mainstream until the field is resuscitated with a healthy sense of realism. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Atlanta, GA, March 15-20, 1991). For related papers, see CG 024 413-416.