Helping College Students Find Purpose: The Campus Guide to Meaning-Making / Edition 1

Helping College Students Find Purpose: The Campus Guide to Meaning-Making / Edition 1

by Robert J. Nash, Michele C. Murray
     
 

Today's college students are demanding that their educational experiences address the core questions of meaning and purpose. . . What does it mean to be successful? How will I know what type of career is best for me? Why do I hurt so much when a relationship ends? Why do innocent people have to suffer?

Faculty and administrators are in the unique position to make

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Today's college students are demanding that their educational experiences address the core questions of meaning and purpose. . . What does it mean to be successful? How will I know what type of career is best for me? Why do I hurt so much when a relationship ends? Why do innocent people have to suffer?

Faculty and administrators are in the unique position to make special contributions to their students' search for meaning, and when they work together, everyone on a college campus benefits. Helping College Students Find Purpose provides a theory-to-practice model of meaning-making that enables the entire campus community to participate in the process. Based on a practical how-to approach, the authors outline a series of concrete steps for applying the theory and practice of meaning-making to teaching, leading, administering, and advising.

Filled with real-life vignettes, this guidebook includes the background knowledge and proven tools that will help faculty and administrators act as effective mentors to students. While there is no single solution that can meet everyone's needs, the authors provide a series of classroom and cross-campus strategies that are specifically designed to help students successfully navigate their diverse meaning-making activities and effectively enhance their quest for meaning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470408148
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

About the Authors.

Part I: Making Meaning in the Quarterlife.

1. Is the Quarterlife Generation Ready for Meaning-Making?

2. Exploring the Meaning of Meaning: Existentialism and Postmodernism.

3. Finding Meaning in Religion and Spirituality: Why Can’t My Faith Be Cool?

Part II: Putting Meaning-Making to Work: Tools of the Trade.

4. A Pedagogy of Constructivism: Deep-Meaning Learning.

5. Make Room for Meaning: Practical Advice.

6. The Ethics of Meaning-Making.

7. Meaning Maxims for Both Inside and Outside the Classroom.

Part III: Our Own Attempts to Make Meaning.

8. Two Personal Reflections for Our Readers.

Resources for Meaning-Making Educators.

Resource A: Four Therapeutic Approaches to Meaning-Making.

Resource B: Crossover Pedagogy.

References.

Index.

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