Doctoral Study

Judith Stevens-Long and Robert W. Barner

in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736300
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Doctoral Study

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This chapter explores the role of advanced graduate studies in the development of adults. Recent work on the assessment of educational outcomes at the doctoral level is reviewed and discussed in light of theories of adult cognitive, emotional and behavioral development. Work on postformal thinking, the postconventional ego development, and wisdom is considered, as well as research on self-authorship. Four pathways to the development of doctoral students are described. These include the growth of a postformal perspective on knowledge and learning, gaining full membership in the learning community, gaining a more complete understanding of the use of self in the learning process and developing an increased awareness of the social and cultural context of a postgraduate education.

Keywords: doctoral education; doctoral study; postgraduate education; educational assessment; adult development; postformal thinking; ego development; wisdom

Article.  14253 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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