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College students, traditional or non-traditional, experience a state of development in which they are searching to discover themselves. Chickering (1969) assumes that they are searching to discover what he has labeled the seven developmental vectors. They are: achieving competency, managing emotions, becoming autonomous, establishing identity, freeing of interpersonal relations, clarifying purposes and developing integrity. The student may face difficulty in adjusting to these developments because of peer and family pressures and because of the need to maintain a stable academic life. To ease the transition period, they are in need of understanding and mature role models. These role models should be persons capable of relating to undergraduates' experiences and able to identify alternative courses of thinking and action. This is essential for initiation into adulthood as well as for career planning via the college experience. Erik Erickson once said that every young person needs a period of moratorium, where ideas and beliefs are read, and thoughts perceived. The majority of students attend college in order to prepare for work. This may be a contaminating as well as a developmental experience. They should be slowed down and helped to realize the depths of a career. Career choice and preparation is a very challenging process. It requires programs of career information and a continuing effort, plus patience and adaptability.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of School Administration and Personnel Services

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J. F. Kimball


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