The Theory Of Involvement Theory Essay

1637 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Involvement Theory I have always believed that the more I was involved in, the better off I am. During this class I had this confirmed by Alexander Astin’s (1984, found in Patton et al., 2016) involvement theory. Astin’s (1984, found in Patton et al., 2016) theory stated that students engaged in educational opportunities will have cognitive, learning, and developmental benefits. Astin (1984) outline five postulates that outline the importance of the quality and quantity of involvement:
1. “Involvement refers to the investment of physical and psychological energy in various objects” (Astin, 1984, p. 298, cited in Patton et al., 2016, p. 34)
2. “Regardless of the object, involvement occurs along a continuum” (Astin, 1984, p. 298, cited in Patton et al., 2016, p. 35)
3. “Involvement has both quantitative and qualitative features” (Astin, 1984, p. 298, cited in Patton et al., 2016, p. 35)
4. “The amount of student learning and personal development associated with any educational program is directly proportional to the quality and quantity of student involvement in that program” (Astin, 1984, p. 298, cited in Patton et al., 2016, p. 35)
5. “The effectiveness of any educational policy or practice is directly related to the capacity of that policy or practice to increase student involvement.” (Astin, 1984, p. 298, cited in Patton et al., 2016, p. 35) My college experience. During my undergraduate enrollment I took as many opportunities to be involved as I could. One of the…

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