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EDU588: Week 1 – Discussion

Week 1 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

A Professional Philosophy for Student Services [WLO: 2] [CLO: 1]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read the course textbook Chapter 3, Philosophies and Values. Much or most of the discussion provided in this chapter is an attempt to address the question ‘“Is the student affairs profession in need of a professional philosophy?”’ (Schuh, Jones, & Torres, 2017, p. 39), which is cited on the first page of Chapter 3 and attributed to Louis Stamatakos and Russell Rogers, two ground-breaking scholars of education and the student affairs profession (a term roughly interchangeable with “student affairs”). The chapter goes on to examine a long tradition of philosophical statements, principles, and perspectives that scholars in our field have identified as foundational to such a philosophy.

For this discussion, select one of the philosophical statements, principles, or frameworks cited and discussed in Chapter 3 of the textbook. This should be one that you believe offers a compelling philosophical rationale for student services and guidance to practitioners.

In your initial post,

  • Identify and briefly summarize the philosophical statement, principle, or framework you selected.
  • Explain why you find it to be compelling or of interest.
  • Cite a scenario or case that might come up in student services and explain how your selected theory could be applied to inform practice in a constructive way and lead to desired outcomes. This scenario may be fictional—one you make up—or it may be drawn from sources or from your experience.

Guided Response: In responding to at least two of your peers, respond if possible to at least one who selected the same philosophical statement, principle, theory, or framework that you did. In your responses, critically assess your classmates’ selections of philosophies and justifications, and offer suggestions that extend their assessment and application.

Though two replies are the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and application of the material, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you (including your instructor) before Day 7. This ongoing engagement in the discussion will deepen the conversation while providing opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic. In addition to offering comments, encourage further conversation by questioning your peers about their responses.

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