Assessment | Biopsychology | Comparative | Cognitive | Developmental | Language | Individual differences | Personality | Philosophy | Social |
Methods | Statistics | Clinical | Educational | Industrial | Professional items | World psychology |

Educational Psychology: Assessment · Issues · Theory & research · Techniques · Techniques X subject · Special Ed. · Pastoral

Arthur W. Chickering is an educational researcher in the field of student affairs. He is known for his contribution to student development theories. Chickering formerly taught at George Mason University and Goddard College. He is currently working at Goddard College as a Special Assistant to the President.[1]


Chickering has received numerous awards for his service to the development of the fields of student affairs and college student development theories. These include:

  • the E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association for his studies of college impacts on student development
  • the Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • the Distinguished Contribution to Knowledge Award from the American College Personnel Association
  • the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Independent Colleges
  • the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award for the Association for the Study of Higher Education, for extraordinary contributions to research, leadership and service.

Education and IdentityEdit

While employed at Goddard College Chickering began the research that lead to his most notable publication, Education and Identity. Between 1959 and 1969 he did testing on college students between their sophomore and senior years. Compiling this with data from several other dissimilar colleges he gathered through being the director of the Project on Student Development in Small Colleges, he created his theories of what influences and affects college students in their development. He published in 1969 which explained his seven-vector theory of student development. With the help of Linda Reisser, he updated and republished his theories in 1993.[2]

List of worksEdit

Arthur Chickering is the author of many publications relating to student affairs and college student development theories. These include:

  • Education and Identity (1969, 1993)
  • Commuting Versus Resident Students: Overcoming Educational Inequities of Living Off Campus (1974)
  • The Modern American College: Responding to the New Realities of Diverse Students and a Changing Society (1981)
  • Improving Higher Education Environments for Adults: Responsive Programs and Services from Entry to Departure (1989, with N.K. Schlossberg and A.Q. Lynch)
  • Getting the Most Out of College, (1995, 2001, with Nancy Schlossberg)


  1. ?area=bios&primary=chickering_art Art Chickering. URL accessed on 2010-03-21.
  2. (1998) Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1, 36–37, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.