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Chickering Theory of Identity Development

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Joe Lepone

on 16 September 2014

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Transcript of Chickering Theory of Identity Development

Chickering's Theory of Identity Development
1. Developing Competence
The vectors refer to students ability to learn basic intellectual, physical, and interpersonal skills.

Intellectual: Analytical and comprehensive thought
Physical: Athletic, recreation, or manual skills
Interpersonal: Communication, leadership, and working effectively with others
2. Managing Emotions
Manage aggression, fear, guilt, shame, depression, anxiety, etc
Transcending emotions including courage, hope, and enthusiasm.
3. Autonomy toward Interdependence
The ability of students to develop independence while recognizing themselves as a member of a larger group.

Students disengage from parents, recognize importance of others.
Freedom from reassurance and approvals
4. Mature Interpersonal Relationships
5. Establish Identity
7. Developing Integrity
6. Developing Purpose
If you have participated in organized sports, besides physical competence, How did you develop interpersonal and intellectual competence?

Students learn to accept others as people and who they are, respect others differences, create friendships that are open-minded, and develop intimate relationships.

This vector refers to a student developing a sense of self and a comfort with ones body.

This vector is dependent on the other vectors discussed because they influence the students identity.

Body image
Developing purpose and to clarify goals and make plans.
"Who am I?" & "Who am I going to be?"

Three main elements
Vocational goals
Personal interests
Interpersonal and family commitments.
How many of you decided in college that higher education was right for you?
What other interests did you have? How did you combine them with higher education?
The final vector focuses on the students values and interests while attending a college or university.

Behaviors and actions align with his or her beliefs and accepting responsibility to society.
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Evans, N. J., Forney, D. S., Guido, FM., Patton, LD. & Renn, K.A. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers

Maker, M. (2013, September 19) The Middle Season 5 Promo #2 Axl Is Going To College (HD) [YouTube] Retrieved from www.youtube.com

To help you all understand Chickering's Theory of Identity Development!
Partner up (2 people) and discuss times when you poorly managed emotions.

Students will take turn drawing each other classmates emotions and how they could
Let's Discuss!
Think back to the day you were dropped off at college your freshman year.

Based off the clip you just watched, do you feel like you redefined your relationship with your family that day? If so, how?
Do you believe resident/ dorm life helped you to mature in your interpersonal relationships with your fellow hall or dorm mates?
Discussion Time!
When did you feel you've finally established your identity?

Do you think your identity has changed over time? Why or why not?
What does integrity mean to you? How will integrity apply to your future career choice?
7 Key Environmental Influences
1. Institutional Objectives
2. Institutional Size
3. Student-Faculty Relationships
4. Curriculum
5. Teaching
6. Friendships and Student Communities
7. Student Development Programs & Services

With each key influence, consider how well The University of Toledo (or your alma mater) does in utilizing these environmental factors to advance student development.

Spend a few minutes thinking about it. We will have a class discussion about it!

I’ll ask for a few examples, opinions, or comments, so be ready to share!

Questions, Comments, & Wrap Up
Now that we have discussed Chickering's Theory lets chat!
What do you think is the most important vector?
Should we all develop a secure sense of identity using Chickering's theory?
Does this theory seem to help people grow?
"Major highways for journeying towards individualization"
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