Cool Passion: Challenging Higher Education

ChickeringBy Arthur W. Chickering and Associates.

From the Publisher:

Arthur W. Chickering is one of the leading researchers in student development theory and its implications for higher education. In 1969 he published Education and Identity, which posited seven vectors to describe the personal development of students during college. It received the 1969 American Council on Education’s Eleanor Colford Morris book award for its contribution to higher education, and that recognition took Chickering out of the woods of Vermont and propelled him onto the national scene.

Cool Passion: Challenging Higher Education is Chickering’s candid and revealing autobiography in which he tells the extraordinary story of his life and career. He recounts his childhood and adolescent years in New England, detailing his misadventures in school and struggles to find purpose and meaning—experiences that would lay the foundation for his lifelong values and beliefs. In Chickering’s own words, “You could have given 1000:1 odds against this character ever becoming a Distinguished Professor.” However, ultimately, his professional narrative would become a powerful statement of how his influential educational constructs grew out of these lived experiences.

The second part of the book centers on Chickering’s 50-plus year career and five key areas where he has contributed to critical changes: civic learning and democratic engagement, assessment, pedagogy, student services, and student diversity. He and five coauthors address these areas that reflect both emerging issues in higher education as well as many of Chickering’s major accomplishments. He offers a personal perspective that puts flesh and blood on these changes and suggests where higher education can go from here, consistent with his longstanding commitment to human development.

About the Author:

Arthur Chickering is a nationally respected writer and teacher of higher education, now retired from a Distinguished University Professor position at George Mason University. He holds a part-time position at Norwich University in Vermont. Arthur is the author, with Zelda Gamson, of the widely read "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education."

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