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John C. Weidman

In: The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry

Chapter 14: Socialization of Students in Higher education: Organizational Perspectives

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Socialization of Students in Higher education: Organizational Perspectives
Socialization of students in higher education: Organizational perspectives

In their recently published book reviewing research that appeared during the 1990s, Pascarella and Terenzini (2005, chap. 2) continued the pattern established in their previous volume (Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, chap. 2) of identifying two broad clusters of conceptual frameworks that are important for understanding change in college students: developmental theories and college impact models. Developmental models of student change address “the nature, structure, and processes of individual human growth. They focus primarily on the nature and content of intraindividual change, although interpersonal experiences are often salient components of these models” (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005, p. 18, emphasis in original).

College impact models of student change focus more “on the environmental ...

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