At the heart of student development theory is the question: What changes occur in students as a result of their campus environments, interactions, and experiences? Theories about moral, ethical, identity, and intellectual development help student affairs educators understand the challenges facing the students with whom they work. These theoretical frameworks also form the foundation of intentional programs, practices, and processes facilitated on campuses. The quintessential text on student development, Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice (or “the green book” as it is affectionately known among student affairs master’s students) has recently undergone a significant update. The third edition (just released last month) includes new chapters on social class, disability, and emerging identity theories, with expanded coverage of faith and gender identity. Further, a new framework provides guidance for facilitating dialogues about theory, teaching theory, and the importance of educators as consumers of theory.
Joining Student Affairs Live co-host Heather Shea Gasser on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 1p.m. ET for a conversation about the latest information on student development are Dr. Lori Patton Davis, Dr. Kristen Renn, Dr. Florence Guido, and Dr. Stephen John Quaye, the four authors of Student Development in College.