College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success for All Students

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Belonging – with peers, in the classroom, or on campus – is a crucial part of the college experience. It can affect a student’s degree of academic achievement, or even whether they stay in school. Although much is known about the causes and impact of sense of belonging in students, little is known about how belonging differs based on students’ social identities, such as race, gender, or sexual orientation, or the conditions they encounter on campus.

College Students’ Sense of Belonging addresses these student sub-populations and campus environments. It offers readers practical guidelines, underpinned by theory and research, for helping students belong and thrive. Sense of belonging can come from peers, teachers or faculty, family members, social and academic groups, and living and learning environments. The book offers:

  • a review and critique of current literature on sense of belonging in light of new and emerging theory
  • a new conceptual model of belonging which helps the reader expand an understanding of sense of belonging
  • new and recent research findings from quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies conducted by the author
  • practical recommendations for improving educational environments, practices, policies, and programs to facilitate students’ sense of belonging on campus.

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    By Sherry B on March 26, 2018

    Five Stars

    By tsb624 on March 27, 2018

    Five Stars

    By Mark Anthony on March 27, 2018

    Insightful, accessible, and provocative…a must read! Got my copy of the book just a few weeks ago and I started reading it immediately. Typically I can’t read academic books cover-to-cover, but this is not your average academic textbook. I found myself reading the opening chapters, then coming back to them time and time again during the week. Strayhorn, whose work I know fairly well, offers an insightful argument for the importance of student belonging, especially for marginalized and minoritized groups in higher education. His analysis is…

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