Moving beyond the theories traditionally used to describe college student development, this engaging book introduces social psychological theories that address the most relevant issues in higher education today. Covering theories of ecological systems, sense of belonging, prejudice and discrimination, positive psychology, social capital, personality theory, mentoring, and hope theory, this book promotes the understanding and application of social psychological theories to various higher education contexts. Examples from diverse student populations encourage learners' application to situations in their own contexts. Comprehensive enough to be used as a main text but accessible enough to be used alongside another, this important textbook bridges research, theory, and practice to help practicing and aspiring higher education and student affairs professionals effectively work with college students.
Special Features Include:
• Reflective exercises that combine theory and practice and help students apply their knowledge solving problems.
• Case studies and scenarios for further connections to the reader's university and college settings.
• Guiding questions that encourage students to think beyond the current literature and practice.
• List of further readings and references for readers to explore topics in more depth.
About the Author
Terrell L. Strayhorn is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University, USA.
Table of Contents
Part I: Background of Theory
1. Introducing...A Social Psychological Approach
2. What’s Theory Anyway?
Part II: Applications of Theory to Practice
3. Ecological Systems Theory: An Ethnographic "Glimpse"
4. Sense of Belonging in College: A Fresh Perspective
5. Group Contact Theory: Prejudice & Discrimination
6. Grit and Hardiness: A Social Psychological View of Positivity
7. Personality Theory: Three Little Pigs & Big-Five Traits
8. Mentoring: Mutual Benefits, Separate Roles
9. Hope Theory: Evidence of Things Not Seen…
10. Social Influence: How Others Shape Us and Our Aspirations