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Adolescent Psychological Development: Rationality, Morality, and Identity

reviewed by Margaret K. Keiley - 2001

coverTitle: Adolescent Psychological Development: Rationality, Morality, and Identity
Author(s): David Moshman
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805828575, Pages: 152, Year: 1999
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In this book, David Moshman presents his own metatheoretical approach to the development of rationality, morality, and identity in adolescence. The overall organization of the book is quite clear. For each of these three domains, Moshman presents the major principles of one of the modernist theories, a few of the post-modern theories, and his own pluralist rational constructivist theory about development within that particular domain. For the domain of rationality he reviews Piaget, for morality, Kohlberg, and for identity, Erikson. In the final two chapters, he reviews the tenets of his theory and discusses the importance of these ideas in the realm of secondary education for adolescents. One of the major strengths of this book is Moshman’s focus on peer interaction as a major element of development throughout adolescence. In the chapter in which he presents his own ideas about the construction of rationality, he gives an excellent example of a group of older adolescents working together to solve a problem in logic that most adolescents... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 52-54
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10573, Date Accessed: 8/2/2021 1:23:21 AM

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  • Margaret Keiley
    Purdue University
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    Margaret K. Keiley is Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University. Dr. Keiley’s interests include feminist and narrative family therapy; development of affect regulation in families; the role of affect regulation in violence, sexual abuse, addiction, and externalizing/internalizing behaviors; longitudinal data analytic techniques -- growth modeling and survival analysis. Current research projects include: Couple’s drug use and perceptions of relationship quality and Development of affect regulation scales for the gifted.
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