It Takes a Village: The roles of faculty, staff, and family in student transformation

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Fri, 8 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
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Numerous opportunities for students to construct their own senses of self and relationships with the world are presented during a student’s undergraduate career. A variety of individuals, including faculty, staff, family, and friends, have the potential to facilitate these opportunities and play an important role in a student’s educational transformation. This project uses data from Centre College’s Honor Walk, a ceremony during which graduating students have the opportunity to honor one or two individuals who have played important roles in their undergraduate careers, to shed light on the relationships, interactions, and opportunities, from a student’s perspective, that transform their undergraduate experiences. 


  • Session References +

    Brookfield, S. (1991). Developing Critical Thinkers: Challenges Adults to Explore Alternate Ways of Thinking and Acting. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Cranton, P. (2006). Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning: A Guide for Educators. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Mezirow, J. (2003). Transformative Learning as Discourse. Journal of Transformative Education, 1(1), 58 - 63.