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ERIC Number: EJ791425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Putting Students First: Promoting Lives of Purpose and Meaning
Braskamp, Larry; Trautvetter, Lois Calian; Ward, Kelly
About Campus, v13 n1 p26-32 Mar-Apr 2008
How can higher education faculty, staff, and administrators create campus environments that guide students in their development within chosen disciplines and careers as well as in ways that contribute to a common good? How can they help students find a sense of calling in life? What does it mean to cultivate a sense of purpose in students? Are there ways to simultaneously prepare students for disciplinary excellence, a successful career, and a meaningful life? As the authors report in their recent book "Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully," many campuses are exploring these questions in order to look critically at the educational process and take direct steps toward preparing students for a life that encompasses a sense of purpose and meaning. By examining how the campuses in their study organize and situate themselves to meet this goal, the authors discovered that the answers to such questions call for a holistic approach to student development. Such an approach, in turn, calls for a whole campus of whole persons to develop whole students. In this article, the authors offer their 4C framework (culture, curriculum, cocurriculum, community) and examples from some campuses in their study to help all educators--faculty, staff, and administrators alike--consider how to create campus environments that help students develop lives of meaning and purpose. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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