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Psychosocial Theories, Pascarella’s Model for Assessing Student Change, Tinto’s Theory of Student Departure, Astin’s Theory of Student Involvement, Hettler’s Model of Wellness, Person-Environment Interactive Theories, Humanistic-Existential Theories of Student Development, Student Development, Parks’s Theory of Faith Development, Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development, Perry’s Theory of Cognitive Development, Cognitive-Structural Theories of Student Development, Super’s Theory of Career Development, Identity Development, Phinney’s Theory of Racial and Ethnic Identity Development


Long’s chapter provides an overview of the theoretical models of student development that are most often used by student affairs professionals in their work. These theories guide student affairs professionals in developing programs and services, setting strategic goals, and interacting with students. Understanding these theories provides librarians with insight into the aims and values of the student affairs profession, a shared vocabulary for discussing student support efforts with colleagues, and frameworks for creating programs that encourage holistic student development.


Originally published in L. J. Hinchliffe & M. A. Wong (Eds.), Environments for student growth and development: Librarians and student affairs in collaboration (pp. 41-55). Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries.



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