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ERIC Number: EJ1103742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
The Evolution and Increasing Complexity of the Resident Assistant Role in the United States from Colonial to Modern Times
Boone, Katherine B.; Davidson, Denise L.; Bauman, Mark
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v42 n3 p38-51 2016
The evolution of the resident assistant position and its history are important to understanding its increasing complexities. In this article we examine how court cases and federal legislation, along with changes in popular culture, have altered and shaped the role of the resident assistant. Our premise is that this role, originally relatively straightforward, has evolved into a multifaceted set of responsibilities that are increasingly complicated by court decisions and federal and state legislation. This has corresponding effects on residence life and housing programs in the training and supervision of staff at all levels. [Discussion questions were prepared by Bobby Roberts and Olivia Vernon.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974
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