Each of us has a “Way of Knowing” that filters our experience of ourselves, others, and our relationships. This chart offers a framework based on Robert Kegan’s constructive-developmental theory to understand how each of us, depending on our way of knowing, develops during adulthood. It also includes ideas about how we can challenge ourselves and support each other's growth.
First identify which “way of knowing” best describes you. Then explore the ideas for furthering your development to incorporate other ways of knowing. You can download this chart as a pdf.
I am reflective.
I am interconnecting.
Ellie Drago-Severson wrote this article for Learn as You Go, the Fall 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. Ellie writes, consults, and teaches about adult educational leadership at Columbia University. Her work is inspired by the idea that schools must be places where adults as well as children can grow.
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