ERIC Number: EJ1035355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 5
Exploring Vocation: Reframing Undergraduate Education as a Quest for Purpose
Sullivan, William M.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v46 n4 p6-12 2014
This article describes the Program on the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV), a unique experiment in undergraduate education. This project challenged a group of 88 colleges and universities affiliated with a variety of Christian denominations, from Orthodox and Roman Catholic to Evangelical Protestant and Quaker, to think anew about what they were trying to achieve for their students. Institutions participating in the PTEV program helped their students develop a sense of purpose by using participatory approaches to teaching and learning, including experiential and service experiences; forming learning communities; and teaching reflective practices. The liberal education that ensued increased students' engagement with academic learning, ability to connect that learning with entry into careers, and resilience in the face of difficulties following graduation. The project also strengthened the colleges' sense of common purpose and trust in their educational mission.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Theological Education, Experiential Learning, Communities of Practice, Reflection, General Education, Learner Engagement, Academic Achievement, Resilience (Psychology), Colleges, Institutional Mission, Trust (Psychology), Educational Objectives, Vocational Interests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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