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Helping College Students Find Purpose: The Campus Guide to Meaning-Making [Hardcover]

by Robert J. Nash, Michele C. Murray, Sharon Daloz Parks
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February 2, 2010 0470408146 978-0470408148 1
More students are demanding that their college experiences address the core questions of meaning and purpose. Helping College Students Find Purpose provides a theory-to-practice model of meaning-making. Through a how-to approach, this resource presents a series of concrete steps for applying the theory and practice of meaning-making to teaching, leading, administering, and advising. This guidebook provides the background knowledge and tools necessary to create a meaningful community by encouraging faculty and administrators to act as mentors to students.

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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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"A generous and inspiring book! In the spirit of 'convocation,' Nash and Murray call together both university faculty and student affairs professionals to provide them new means for helping more college students realize the highest purpose of higher education—that, in pursuing the means to make a living, one comes to make a meaning worth living for."
Robert Kegan, William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development, Harvard University

"Educators across campuses—faculty and administrators alike—will find in this book not only the importance of helping their students construct meaning upon which to base their academic and life ambitions, but also practical suggestions for doing so. Ultimately, those who will benefit most from this book are students whose education inside and outside the classroom is informed by the type of cross-campus, interdisciplinary approach to meaning-making put forth by the authors."
Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy, executive director, NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

"This comprehensive compendium is a must-read for any higher education professional interested in responding to students' ubiquitous concerns about existential issues concerning purpose and meaning. It brings together classical and contemporary thought, conceptual depth, and concrete suggestions for practice. This scholarship is enriched and enlivened by the authors' personal perspectives and experiences, and by student voices and vignettes. Buy it and keep it handy as a source of wisdom and good counsel."
Arthur W. Chickering, coauthor, Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education and Education and Identity

"A thoughtful, provocative, moving, yet practical guide for any teacher seeking to make the college classroom a space for inspiration and hope."
Ruth Behar, professor of anthropology, University of Michigan; MacArthur Genius Award winner; and author, The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470408146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470408148
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! March 26, 2010
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Everyone working with young adults should read this book. Young adults themselves will also find it enlightening. It really illustrates the big questions and sources of worry of people entering and adapting to their new lifes as adults... People going through this tend to feel lonely, but it results that it is a developmental commonplace for many.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book! March 13, 2014
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As someone that works with college students on a daily basis, I work to help them make meaning in everything that they do. This book does a great job at inspiring people like me to take it to the next level finding ways to engage better, motivate more and inspire students to move forward in their own development toward a bright, happy and successful future. The process that they go through is not always easy, but it is something that all have to grapple with and something that as professionals we all have to understand. Filled with not only academic prose, I enjoyed the personal stories about students that were interspersed throughout the book as it made my own meaning-making process even more tangible!

After reading through this, while I know that I have grown in my own understanding, I believe that even more important are the resources that I have gained to help the students that I work with.

*I received this for review - all opinions are my own*
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