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Liberal Learning as a Quest for Purpose

William M. Sullivan


In a remarkable experiment lasting over a decade, a group of 88 independent campuses, ranging from comprehensive universities to intimate colleges, have demonstrated the value of an emerging educational agenda focused on infusing the exploration of meaning and purpose into undergraduate life. These programs have shown that college can provide emerging adults with an understanding of themselves and today’s insecure and highly competitive world that enhances their ability to develop the resilience to create meaningful lives. By focusing on the exploration of vocation, including its theological m ... More

Keywords: academic apprenticeship, social apprenticeship, apprenticeship of Identity and Purpose, emerging adults, humanistic learning, secularity versus secularism, communities of learning, vocation and calling, purpose, meaning, reflection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190499242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190499242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William M. Sullivan, author
Senior Scholar, New American Colleges and Universities