ERIC Number: ED260983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A theory of adult cognitive development which includes two post-formal operational stages is described. The paper is divided into three sections. The first section provides background for discussion of the theory. A case study in which various employees in a hypothetical organization react to a problem is provided. Examples of pre-logical, logical, post-logical, and unitary thought are demonstrated and illustrated with charts. In a second section, an analysis of critical thinking is provided. According to this analysis, three balances must be maintained in the training of critical thinking: the balance between sufficient research and realizing when to act; the balance between trust in hunches and unbiased use of evidence; and the balance between abstract and concrete thought. The importance of cognitive development is discussed in the final section. Notes and a bibliography conclude the paper. (LP)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Adult Learning, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Critical Thinking, Learning Theories, Problem Solving
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers, Suite 102, 365 Broadway, Hilldsale, NJ 07642 ($5.00; 10 or more copies, $3.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Harvard International Conference on Thinking (Cambridge, MA, August 19-23, 1984).