ERIC Number: EJ1077714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Prosocial Growth during College: Results of a National Study
Brandenberger, Jay W.; Bowman, Nicholas A.
Journal of Moral Education, v44 n3 p328-345 2015
Ethical growth and prosocial development are increasingly salient learning outcomes in higher education. Previous research has shown that the traditional college years facilitate moral development, especially with respect to moral reasoning. This research examined the impact of college experiences on students' sense of active responsibility for others--prosocial orientation--via a longitudinal, multi-institutional design through the Spirituality and Higher Education project at University of California, Los Angeles. Data from over 14,000 undergraduates show that key college experiences predict growth on prosocial outcomes. Especially salient predictors include active forms of learning, engagement with diversity and other means by which students encounter multiple perspectives. Implications for higher education are discussed.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Prosocial Behavior, Moral Development, Higher Education, College Students, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Student Surveys, Measures (Individuals), Models, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California