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Schlossberg's Theory of Marginality and Mattering

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Nick Russell

on 13 November 2014

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Transcript of Schlossberg's Theory of Marginality and Mattering

When a person changes roles or experiences transition, the feeling of being marginal occur.
Two Kinds of Marginality
Permanent Condition
Temporary Condition
- the feeling that a person can depend on someone else.
Marginality and Mattering
Theory by Nancy Schlossberg

The belief that we matter to someone else
Mattering in Higher Education
Universities that focus on mattering urge students to become more involved, motivated to learn, and achieve their goals.
Four Dimensions
of Mattering
These feelings of marginality promote contradictions in the person's mind; Pride/Shame, Love/Hate, leading to increased sensitivity, self-consciousness, and inferiority.
- the feeling that a person has the interest of another.
- the feeling that others care about what you want, think, and do.
- the feeling that others will be proud of your successes and/or saddened by your failures.
A mattering scale should be used by universities to answer questions.
Do students feel like they matter?
Are their university policies/ practices to help students feel like they matter?
Are classroom facilities/ co-curricular programs put in place to help students feel like they matter?
There are so many differences separating us, but what connects us?
How can a university create a campus that allows students involvement and importance?
Evans, N.J. (2010). Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice. (Second Eddition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Schlossberg, N.K. (1989). Marginality and Mattering: Key Issues in Building Community. New Directions for Student Services, No 48
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