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The Development of Logic in Adulthood : Postformal Thought and Its Applications - Jan D. Sinnott

The Development of Logic in Adulthood

Postformal Thought and Its Applications

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1998
ISBN: 9780306457234
Number Of Pages: 372

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In this book Jan D. Sinnott synthesizes her 20 years of research on lifespan cognitive development to describe the growth of complex (or `postformal') thought in adults. She shows specifically how adults improve mentally over a lifetime and learn to think in more complex and wiser ways. Applications of postformal thought are demonstrated in such diverse areas as - family relations - adult education - personal identity - and spirituality. Chapters examine relations between postformal thought and pertinent variables such as age, health, memory, and vocabulary. Other sections deal with issues in humanistic psychology such as - guided imagery - mind - body medicine - and creative intentionality.

Introduction: The Creation of a Theory and the Purpose of This Book
The Theory: Description and Development of Postformal Thought
The Limits of Traditional Approaches for Understanding Adult Logical Development
What Characterizes Postformal Thought? How Does Postformal Thought Develop? New Physics Models Underlying Postformal Thought Background
General Systems Theory Underlies Postformal Thought
Some Research to Support the Theory: Studies of Complex Postformal Thought
Initial Research: How Do Adults Use Logical Thought? Interview and Thinking Aloud Studies: A View of Process
Age Differences in Process
Emotion, Intention, Health, Goal Clarity and other Factors in Postformal Thought
Applications of the Theory of Postformal Thought at Home and in the `Big Picture': Applications of Postformal Theory to Education
Reinventing the University to Create and Serve Postformal Thinkers
Postformal Thought and Multiperson Groups: The Workplace
Postformal Thought and Multiperson Groups: Couples and Families
The Next Steps: Interventions - Teaching Postformal Thinking and Using Postformal Thought to Live in Balance: Can We Teach Adults to Use Complex Postformal Thought? Postformal Thought and Living in Balance
Additional Chapters
Appendices
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780306457234
ISBN-10: 0306457237
Series: The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 31st March 1998
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.61
Edition Number: 22