Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education: A New Student Development Paradigm

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Joseph L. Murray, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
Routledge, Sep 13, 2018 - Education - 210 pages

This important book introduces Arnett’s emerging adulthood theory to scholars and practitioners in higher education and student affairs, illuminating how recent social, cultural, and economic changes have altered the pathway to adulthood. Chapters in this edited collection explore how this theory fits alongside current student development theory, the implications for how college students learn and develop, and how emerging adulthood theory is uniquely suited to address challenges facing higher education today. Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education provides important recommendations for administrators, counselors, and student affairs personnel to provide effective programs and services to facilitate their emerging adults’ journeys through this formative stage of life.


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Conceptual Foundations of Emerging Adulthood
Emerging Adulthood and Psychosocial Development
Emerging Adulthood through the Lens of Social Identity
Generational Theory and Emerging Adulthood
Career Development in Emerging Adulthood
Problems Associated with Emerging Adulthood
Richard Mullendore Christina Daniel and Michael Toney
Creating Campus Environments for Emerging Adults
Student Affairs Programs for Emerging Adults
Cultivating Relationships between the Institution and
Conclusion and Future Directions
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Joseph L. Murray is Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Graduate Program in College Student Personnel at Bucknell University, USA.

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is Research Professor of Psychology at Clark University, USA. He is also the Founding President and Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (www.ssea.org).

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