QUOTE(Moulton @ Wed 31st October 2007, 8:24pm)
Yes, that's the very research group I had in mind —
Sorrentino, Richard M., and Roney, Christopher J.R. (2000), The Uncertain Mind : Individual Differences in Facing the Unknown
, Taylor and Francis, Philadelphia, PA.
That Heart Of Higher Education
Conference Blog is apparently no longer being maintained and has in the meantime been overrun by spambots, so here's a copy of the exchange that I was trying to remember:
QUOTE(Michael Glaser @ 05 Mar 2007)
I've been thinking more and more about the importance of Robert Kegan's notion that we need to address carefully the developmental stages of our students and not expect that they will find fascinating or important the things we find important. As I consider my own desire to engage my students in thinking about ways to meaningfully transform the information they gather, I realize that I do not know enough about the developemntal stages of 18–21 year olds. I wonder if anyone could provide with some recommendations of reading that would be lively and helpful. I have not read Kegan's The Evolving Self
which seems like a natural place to start. I wonder if anyone who has, would recommend it.
Thanks, Michael GlaserSource
. Michael Glaser, Developmental Stages
QUOTE(Jon Awbrey @ 12 Mar 2007)
Thirst for Knowledge and Fear of Knowledge
Michael, Just a thought that came to mind as I read your note. Although it's been a long time since I taught in a classroom, my participation in online communities — everything from academic list-serves to Wikipedia — has brought me into continuing discussion with people who are in the 16–26 age range. One of the things that strikes me about this group is the severity of the struggle between a thirst for knowledge on the one hand and a certain apprehension about or even a fear of knowledge on the other. When I ask myself why this might be, my best guess at present turns on a certain universal of human experience that appears to be especially acute at this age. The human factor is this, that the incipient recognition of how little we know, and the fact that others might know something that we don't, makes us feel small and a little afraid.
One of the books that I remember being most helpful to me personally in this connection was John Dewey's Quest for Certainty
, though I find that it's still something of a challange to draw out all of its developmental implications for practice.
Dewey, John (1929), The Quest for Certainty : A Study of the Relation of Knowledge and Action
, Minton, Balch, and Company, New York, NY. Reprinted, pp. 1–254 in John Dewey, The Later Works, 1925–1953, Volume 4 : 1929
, Jo Ann Boydston (ed.), Harriet Furst Simon (text. ed.), Stephen Toulmin (intro.), Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL, 1984.
Source. Jon Awbrey, Thirst for Knowledge and Fear of Knowledge
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