Student Affairs Reconsidered: A Christian View of the Profession and Its Contexts

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Overview

This book asks Christian educators—particularly those involved in the student affairs profession—to become more engaged with the idea that the programs offered, classes taught, disciplinary actions dispensed, policies framed, and the like, are the arenas in which Christianity must take shape. The book also challenges educators at non-sectarian institutions to entertain the notion that a Christian view of higher learning in general and the student affairs profession in particular may not only be a plausible alternative but a helpful paradigm as well.Contents: A Framework of Understanding, D. Terry Thomas and David S. Guthrie; Student Affairs in Historical Perspective, Barry J. Loy and William M. Painter; Student Learning and Student Affairs, David S. Guthrie; Christian Higher Education and Christian Student Affairs, David S. Guthrie; Theorizing in Student Affairs from a Christian Perspective, Jeanette Bult De Jong; Model Programs in Student Affairs, Jay H. Barnes and Kate Harrington; Reframing Student Affairs and Higher Learning, Kate Harrington.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of College Student Development
Student affairs administrators at all types of institutions ought to read this book. It provides a good base for thought and discussion about the purposes of the profession, the theories of student development and learning environments.
— Richard L. Palm, University of Missouri—Kansas City
Christian Scholar's Review
...a welcome contribution...the authors have begun a discussion that will prepare us to think better about the changing world of higher education and our mission within it.
Comparative Education Review
...helpful little book.
Journal Of College Student Development - Richard L. Palm
"Student affairs administrators at all types of institutions ought to read this book. It provides a good base for thought and discussion about the purposes of the profession, the theories of student development and learning environments."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761807957
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Series: Calvin Center Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Guthrie is Dean of Student Development, Student Life Division and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 A Framework of Understanding 1
Ch. 2 Student Affairs in Historical Perspective 15
Ch. 3 Student Learning and Student Affairs 39
Ch. 4 Christian Higher Education and Christian Student Affairs 65
Ch. 5 Theorizing in Student Affairs from a Christian Perspective 79
Ch. 6 Model Programs in Student Affairs 103
Ch. 7 Reframing Student Affairs and Higher Learning 119
About the Contributors 131
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