- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Short Contents
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Continuing to Build a Discipline at the Borders of Thought
- The Relationship between Adult Learning and Development: Challenging Normative Assumptions
- Qualitative Methods in Adult Development and Learning: Theoretical Traditions, Current Practices, and Emerging Horizons
- Latent Growth Models: A Quantitative Method for Studying Adult Development and Learning
- Prior Learning Assessment and the Developmental Journey: From “Mapless” to Cartographer
- The Interface of Adult Learning and Intelligence
- Self-Authorship and Metacognition: Related Constructs for Understanding College Student Learning and Development
- Emotion, Regulation, and Learning across the Adult Lifespan: Implications from Developmental Functionalism
- Principles of Interpersonal Competence and Motivation: Distinguishing Reciprocity and Affect in Social Contexts of Learning
- Identity Narratives during the Adult Years: Development and Learning
- Midlife Work Role Transitions: Generativity and Learning in 21st-Century Careers
- Psychological Functioning in Adulthood: A Self-Efficacy Analysis
- Constructing the Self in the Face of Aging and Death: Complex Thought and Learning
- Mature Transformations in Adulthood Facilitated by Psychotherapy and Spiritual Practice
- The Connection between Postformal Thought, Stage Transition, Persistence, and Ambition and Major Scientific Innovations
- Wisdom and Its Development: Learning to Become Wise(r)
- Religious, Spiritual, and Moral Development and Learning in the Adult Years: Classical and Contemporary Questions, Cognitive-Developmental and Complementary Paradigms, and Prospects for Future Research
- Mindfulness, Openness to Experience, and Transformational Learning
- Effects of Children on Adult Development and Learning: Fifty Years of Theory and Research
- Sibling Relationships as Opportunities for Development and Learning in Adulthood
- Work as the Catalyst of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning: Identity and Personality
- Culture, Learning, and Adult Development
- We Are All Learning Here: Cycles of Research and Application in Adult Development
- A Close-up on Adult Learning and Developmental Diversity: Adult Growth in Cohorts and Collaborative Groups
- Doctoral Study: At the Intersection of Age-Related Change and Higher Learning
- Holistic Development, Learning, and Performance in College and Beyond
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This paper demonstrates the effectiveness of a specific methodology—developmental maieutics—designed to bridge developmental research and practice by setting up an ongoing conversation between test takers and test developers. The approach involves building standardized, diagnostic educational assessments that also function as research instruments. After reviewing the research and theory behind developmental maieutics, we direct attention to a particular instance of current research and application involving the Lectical Decision Making Assessment™ (LDMA). The LDMA focuses on three aspects of decision making—perspective taking, argumentation, and the decision-making process. It has been used in a variety of contexts, most recently as an online assessment employed by researchers and management consultants to diagnose the learning needs of individual managers. Here, we show how data produced during the process of providing feedback to test takers has contributed to our understanding of an important aspect of perspective taking and perspective seeking, demonstrating how usable knowledge about human development can be constructed through an ongoing conversation between two groups of learners—test developers and test takers.
Theo L. Dawson, Developmental Testing Service, Inc.
Zachary Stein is currently a student of philosophy and cognitive development pursing a doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also Deputy Director and Senior Analyst for the Developmental Testing Service, a non-profit dedicated to educational research and development.
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