A Resource for Promoting Personal and Social Responsibility in Higher Education: A Call to Action for Kinesiology Departments

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Karisa L. Kuipers Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

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Jennifer M. Jacobs Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

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Paul M. Wright Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

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Kevin Andrew Richards Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

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In recent decades, emphasis on helping postsecondary students develop personal and social responsibility has increased in higher education. The purpose of this conceptual paper is to propose a kinesiology-based model to assist in defining, implementing, and evaluating personal and social responsibility education with postsecondary students. In the paper, a general overview of the higher education landscape as it relates to personal and social responsibility is presented. Then, the teaching personal and social responsibility model is presented as a model that is already familiar in kinesiology and may assist in defining, implementing, and evaluating structures and strategies for promoting personal and social responsibility in higher education. The alignment of this model and the personal and social responsibility priorities of higher education are analyzed. Recommendations for implementing specific strategies and resources associated with the teaching personal and social responsibility model into higher education are shared, and next steps for integrating these resources are acknowledged.

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