Adult Development: Volume I: Comparisons And Applications Of Developmental Models

Hardcover | August 1, 1989

EditorMichael L. Commons

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In recent years, a number of researchers have begun to question the Piagetian theory that cognitive structural development ends with the adolescent's acquisition of formal operations and have begun to focus on the development of thought in late adolescence and adulthood. This volume brings together the work of numerous scholars in cognitive social, and perceptual development to explore the nature of postformal thought. The contributors represent the diversity of models and approaches that characterize the ongoing research in this area and, at the same time, act to unify this body of literature within a common framework of analysis. Students, researchers, and practicing psychologists will find her important new insights into the evolution of thought processes throughout the human lifespan. A number of the papers present alternative, but closely related models of postformal cognition, as well as techniques of measuring postformal thought. Of special interest is the presentation of data supporting claims that thought represents a stage qualitatively distinct from the transition between hierarchical and formal operations. The opening chapter describes Beethoven's cognitive development in late adolescence and adulthood, while subsequent essays discuss the modifications of formal structures that develop in the attempt to use formal reasoning in real-life problem solving. A set of studies that extend the study of postformal thought into the domains of moral thought and social reasoning complete the volume.

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In recent years, a number of researchers have begun to question the Piagetian theory that cognitive structural development ends with the adolescent's acquisition of formal operations and have begun to focus on the development of thought in late adolescence and adulthood. This volume brings together the work of numerous scholars in cogn...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:362 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 1989Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 13:9780275927486

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?Piaget's model of cognitive development ends with the acquisition, during the teen years, of formal operational intelligence, characterized by the ability to engage in formal, abstract reasoning. Recent research from a life-span perspective has begun to challenge this portrayal of the nature of the terminus of cognitive growth, suggesting instead that cognition continues to change beyond the teen years as formal reasoning becomes supplanted by a new, more pragmatically oriented and less rigid, form of cognitive functioning referred to as post-formal reasoning. Many of the leading theorists and researchers in the study of post-formal reasoning have contributed chapters to this work. A major contribution of the volume is that it highlights the major issues and controversies in the field; there remains no consensus, for instance, about how best to characterize post-formal reasoning or even whether it reflects a separate cognitive stage. This is not an easy text; an appreciation of the controversies and contributions requires a firm grounding in general issues of cognitive developmental theory. Nonetheless, for serious graduate-level students of adult cognition, it provides an invaluable picture of current theorizing about post-formal thought.?-Choice