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ERIC Number: EJ829420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Utilizing Self-Authorship to Understand the College Admission Process
Walczak, Kelley K.
Journal of College Admission, n198 p31-35 Win 2008
Adolescence is a time of change, transition and development. Students gain new knowledge, experiences and insights, and struggle to make sense of all the new information they accumulate. The self-authorship theory explains how students make meaning out of their worlds as they travel through adolescence. Not surprisingly, the college experience is believed to promote a more complex way of viewing the world; however, it is difficult to examine how college encourages the development of self-authorship without first looking at how students make sense of entry into college through the admission process. Guidance counselors and admission officers helping students through this development and transition may find it helpful to examine the college admission process through the lenses of Kegan's Orders of Consciousness and Baxter Magolda's Journey Toward Self-Authorship, concentrating on the orders that apply to traditional-aged college students and the college environment. This article talks about Kegan's Orders of Consciousness and Baxter Magolda's Journey Toward Self-Authorship. Suggestions on how counselors can support the development of students' self-authorship are presented. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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