Student Development Theory 2

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Student Development Theory Every day college students are presented in their world with several challenging development issues that they must confront with. Confined within the age group of eighteen to twenty-four, students are at the most prime time in their lives for moral, social, ethical, intellectual, and physical growth and development. Because of these obvious changes, several highly regarded psychologists have come up with theories to better explain these happenings in relatively simple terms so all who are interested in these processes can have a better understanding of what happens within this age group. Whether we look at Chickering's theory that involves what he calls his "seven vectors," Perry's Cognitive Development Theory involving intellectual and ethical developments, or even Kohlberg's Moral Development Theory with three stages of convention, we can tell that these theorists have several differing views as to how students change throughout their tenure in college. Still, many people who do not study this field with depth believe that these theories help explain, in detail, how each student will respond and change to certain developments in their college lives, but we have to assume these interpretations are false. These development theories are not here to specifically explain each change a student will go through and how they handle it, these theories were created to help advisors of all levels to be able to frame each student's situation and to develop an intervention to bridge the gap between the student and the problems that they come across. Living in Bowen Hall in suite five-zero-three can be best described with the words dull and dreary. Ever since move-in weekend several of the suitemates have remained secluded and uninterested in getting to know each other and developing bonds with me and the other three "active" members in the suite. I say active because the four of us are really the only ones who keep our doors open, keep talking to one another, and come to each other for help or just to hang
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out. The academic year started off with me expecting to become best friends with these guys, and
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