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A Sense of Community

In a distinguished career spanning over half a century, Nevitt Sanford has been internationally recognized as a preeminent scholar and pathfinding researcher concerning the psychological development of college students.

In this video interview conducted by John M. Whiteley, Professor Sanford reflected upon the importance of community during the college years, how colleges and universities have lost much of that community in the decades following the Second World War, and the importance of reestablishing community if higher education is to fully achieve its purposes.

excerpted from On Community During The College Years

Nevitt Sanford
... a video interview with
Nevitt Sanford


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1. Importance of Community 56 seconds
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2. Sanford's Student Experience 1 minute, 14 seconds
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3. Relationship with Faculty 1 minute, 12 seconds
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4. Role of Faculty 36 seconds
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5. Role of Peers 21 seconds
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6. Role of College 31 seconds
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7. Post-graduation Plans 27 seconds
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8. Changing Nature of College Friendships 38 seconds
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9. Graduate School Experience 1 minute, 6 seconds
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10. Faculty Assisting Faculty 46 seconds
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11. Faculty Recruitment At Odds with Teaching Undergraduates 34 seconds
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12. Difficulty Re-establishing Community 25 seconds
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13. Re-establishing Community 49 seconds
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14. Purpose of Higher Education 24 seconds
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COMPLETE INTERVIEW


PRODUCTION NOTES

On Community During The College Years , 1984

Produced through
The Facilities of the Education Television Office
University of California at Berkeley

Produced by
John M. Whiteley
John Whiteley was the recipient of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni's 1980 Professional Development Award and their 1981 Research Award and is a professor at the University of California, Irvine. He also serves as a member of the NRC/FYE/SIT's National Advisory Board.


MORE INFO ON NEVITT SANFORD
Nevitt Sanford (1909 - 1995)



Nevitt Sanford was born in Chatham, VA. in 1909. He attended the University of Virginia, received a master's degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University, where he was on the staff of the Harvard Psychological Clinic from 1935 to 1940.

Dr. Sanford was among the first to study the interaction between social systems and personality.

Dr. Sanford was named a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1940. After leaving Berkeley, he was a research affiliate at the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations in London for a year, and then joined the faculty of Vassar College.

He left Berkeley in 1961 to become a professor at Stanford University.

In the 1950's and early 60's, he headed a major study of higher education publishing The American College in 1962 and Where Colleges Fail in 1967. He wrote that an overemphasis on academic publishing in evaluating professors, often called the publish or perish syndrome, was leading to a deterioration in their teaching abilities.

Dr. Sanford was also an early critic of I.Q. tests, saying they were biased in favor of the white middle class. He was also a champion of making college education more accessible to minority students.

He left Stanford to found the Wright Institute in 1968.

He was the author or co-author of nearly 200 scholarly articles and more than a dozen books.

Excerpted from Daniel Goleman's article, The New York Times, July 11, 1995.
http://www.wrightinst.edu/pd/sanford.html


 

 

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