New Publication from AHEAD! Available July 2016

Becoming Self-Determined:  
Creating Thoughtful Learners in a
Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture
Sharon Field, Ed.D. and David R. Parker, Ph.D. (Editors)

This book provides practical strategies that college administrators, faculty, learning center staff, counseling/student health clinicians, disability services staff, and residential life staff can use to help students gain more from their college education. This book can also help stressed-out parents and students get off the treadmill and view challenges and supports in college as a meaningful part of an education for life.

Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000) and an Action Model of Self-De-termination (Field & Hoffman, 2015) provide a solid empirical foundation for the range of approaches described in this book. A focus on self-determination can help students clarify and achieve their goals through action cycles grounded in relationships that guide and support without taking over. This book summa-rizes key findings from a large body of research about self-determination and its impact on student success. Based on these studies, practical chapters describe approaches and techniques that campuses are already using to meet the needs of this uniquely talented – but challenged – generation of students. Specific strategies addressed include Appreciative Advising, Universal Design for Instruction, academic coaching, mindfulness practices, working with parents and families, and programming that enhances students’ resilience and grit. An abundant listing of resources for further learning and implementation makes Becoming Self-Determined a go-to source for campus leaders dedicated to maximizing student learning and wellness. (Price TBD)

“Dr. Field and Dr. Parker provide a comprehensive blueprint for creating a culture centered around self-determination in higher education, backed by indisputable research and tangible strategies that institutions can implement today. A must-read for anyone involved with higher education, including parents with current or prospective students!”
-Matthew & Joseph Moheban, Co-Founders of 220 Youth Leadership

Authors Include:
Sharon Field, Wayne State University
David R. Parker, Children’s Resource Group, (CRG)
Jennifer L. Bloom, Florida Atlantic University
Ye He, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bryant L. Hutson, Credo
Sally Scott, AHEAD
Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, JST Coaching & Training
Christina Fabrey, Green Mountain College
Theresa Laurie Maitland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nicole Nelson, Purdue University
Anna Merrill, Indiana University

Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture will be available Mid-July 2016.
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