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Stebleton, Michael J. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
College students receive countless messages about "following passion" and "doing what you love" (DWYL). What happens when these repeated messages ultimately do a disservice to some students? Although pursuing one's interests is strongly encouraged, the author explores the limitations of the DWYL advice at all costs, including…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Career Development, Self Concept, Futures (of Society)
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Nielsen, J. Cody; Small, Jenny L. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
In an unpublished national research study, "Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities in Higher Education," which evaluated how universities addressed issues of religious diversity on campus, interviews with university professionals, students, and community members revealed that the institutions that were successfully engaging in…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Spiritual Development, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Thompson, Robert J., Jr.; Díaz Pearson, Amber; Shanahan, Suzanne – Journal of College and Character, 2019
Relational Developmental Systems (RDS) provided an integrative framework to examine how college students' intrapersonal attributes, particularly sense of identity in transactions with different educational experiences, were related with self-reported community and political engagement and other intrapersonal dimensions. Students who participated…
Descriptors: Empathy, Community Involvement, Ethics, Perspective Taking
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McGuire, Keon M. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
A reinvigorated commitment to the study of religion, spirituality, faith, secularism, meaning-making, purpose, and interfaith dialogue in higher education is evidenced through the production of various scholarly texts. The pendulum among higher education scholars seems to swing toward finding ways to explicitly engage with what has been described…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Religion, Spiritual Development
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Hemer, Kevin M.; Perez, Rosemary J.; Harris, Lincoln Wesley, Jr. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
This quantitative study explored how campus environments affected the development of students' capacities to take others' perspectives seriously. Data were collected from over 10,000 students at 15 institutions using the Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (PSRI) to examine the relationships between individual and institutional factors…
Descriptors: College Environment, Perspective Taking, Student Development, Student Attitudes
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Armstrong, Amanda – Journal of College and Character, 2019
College students are majoritized and minoritized through micro- and macro-level inequities because of their varied and multiple worldview identities (e.g., [non]religious and spiritual). Ongoing interfaith efforts in higher education prove to be both beneficial, promoting interworldview engagement, and challenging, sometimes further marginalizing…
Descriptors: College Students, World Views, Student Experience, Religious Cultural Groups
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Carlos Chavez, Fiorella L.; Wolford, Sarah N.; Kimmes, Jonathan G.; May, Ross W.; Fincham, Frank D. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
The self-forgiveness process may be considered emotionally taxing among college students. The current study explored college students' past intrapersonal transgressions (n = 88) through two outcomes (able or unable to forgive oneself). Using NVivo 11 Pro software, thematic analyses revealed the most common situational circumstances and internal…
Descriptors: College Students, Females, Emotional Response, Experience
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Rodriguez, Sarah L.; Friedensen, Rachel; Marron, Tara; Bartlett, Morgan – Journal of College and Character, 2019
This phenomenological research study explored how Latina college students in STEM made meaning of and developed their STEM identities, particularly focusing on the role that religious beliefs played in shaping STEM identity. Findings reveal that Latina students believed that their STEM identities and religious beliefs reinforced each other. STEM…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education, Religious Factors
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Hephner LaBanc, Brandi – Journal of College and Character, 2019
The growing political and social divide in the United States continues to impact campus communities. Issues like freedom of speech, racism, sexual misconduct, and hazing can quickly create deep philosophical divides. While those working in student affairs who have had unique academic training related to the holistic development of all students…
Descriptors: Empathy, Student Personnel Services, Political Attitudes, Social Attitudes
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Dugas, Daryl; Geosling, Bobbi Jean; Shelton, Jeron – Journal of College and Character, 2019
This article explores the experiences of undergraduate students participating in a retreat providing guidance toward self-authorship. In post-retreat interviews, participants discussed their experiences of discomfort during the retreat and its importance to their personal growth. Sources of discomfort included inhabiting unfamiliar environments…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Individual Development, Recreational Activities, Guidance
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Krou, Megan R.; Acee, Taylor W.; Pino, Nathan W.; Hoff, Meagan A. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
Academic dishonesty is a wide-spread issue in educational institutions, including higher education. This study determined if there was a correlation between social rational action orientations and the likelihood of engaging in academically dishonest acts. The relationship between course value and academic dishonesty was also examined. The…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Cheating, Ethics
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Singer, Kevin – Journal of College and Character, 2019
Despite renewed efforts to engage religious diversity in higher education over the last two decades, interfaith engagement remains a relatively fringe interest on many campuses. The reason could be that these renewed interfaith efforts are running up against a powerful current of White religiosity that maintains a historical legacy of privilege in…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Religion, Social Bias, Whites
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Chen, Hsin-Yu; Jablonski, Nina G. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
Skin color, one of the most conspicuous physical traits, encompasses complex social and cultural meanings and value judgments that can influence individuals' lived experiences and social wellbeing in a profound way. In this article, the authors provide a brief overview of how skin color diversity evolved, its corresponding biological and…
Descriptors: Social Bias, Cultural Influences, Social Influences, Interaction
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Seemiller, Corey; Clayton, Jason – Journal of College and Character, 2019
Generation Z, the postmillennial generation, has come to college. Their characteristics, motivations, and learning preferences, which differ from those of millennials, may require educators to rethink and redesign strengths-based education to ensure content and pedagogical approaches align with this new generation. This article offers suggestions…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Cognitive Style
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Cockle, Theodore F. – Journal of College and Character, 2019
The first-year seminar has historically been concerned with socializing students into collegiate life. As with any type of socialization, the first-year seminar perpetuates and is perpetuated by assumptions of "the good." Despite these moral assumptions, little research has discussed the first-year seminar in moral terms. In this…
Descriptors: Moral Values, First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, Socialization
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