ERIC Number: ED446634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Differential Rationality and Personal Development.
This publication discusses differential rationality; it asserts that the development of institutions, professions, and individuals involves the differentiation of forms and styles of thinking and knowing that are, in various ways, idiosyncratic. Based on this understanding, differential rationality can be seen as a developmental construct that reflects the subject's readiness or competency in dealing with changing demands. The publication discusses different modes of rationality, including institutional, legal, technical, economic, political, and personal. It also addresses cognitive styles, decision making, problem solving, and personal knowledge. The discussion then explores the implications of differential rationality for personal development, including the stages of personal development (student and adult). It concludes with a discussion of how concepts of differential rationality and personal development may provide useful insights and perspectives with which to consider many problems and issues in higher education. (Contains 74 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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