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Sanford's Theory of Challenge and Support

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Transcript of Sanford's Theory of Challenge and Support

Sanford's Theory of Challenge and Support
Example: Tying your shoes analogy
- Too much support = no learning

- Too much challenge = frustration


Three Development Conditions
noted by the theory
- Challenge
- a step that pushes a learner to acquire new growth

- Support
- an environment that is conducive to student exploration of his or her own identity in a safe and encouraging way.

- Readiness
- demonstration the ability to meet the challenge
How can the theory be applied in a college setting?
- International Scavenger Hunt
- NSCC programs in the community

How does NSCC challenge and support?
Challenge
- Program content
- Curriculum
- Classroom

Support
- Alternate testing environments (Disability Services)
- Learning Commons
- Library Services
- Peer Tutoring

Readiness Story
- Student with learning disability.
Origins
Nevitt Sanford, Ph.D, Harvard
- Originated in mid-sixties.
- His ideas led to later research on prejudice
- He helped to establish the field of social psychology
- Wrote a book called Where Colleges Fail in 1967 with opinions that were revolutionary at the time and still relevant today.

Reference Materials
Prezi Presentation of Theory
http://prezi.com/ptv0umysea18/nevitt-sanford/
Sanford's Challenge & Support Theory | imjoeboe
http://imjoeboe.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/challenge-support/
The Dangers of Getting Comfortable
http://ashleynrobinson.com/2012/10/11/the-dangers-of-getting-comfortable/
Nevitt Sanford: A founding student development theorist in all his complexity
http://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/14086320/Teaching_SDT_Sanford_front_back_handout_2012.docx
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