By Daniel A. Hart
Here, Daniel A. Hart analyzes the result of a radical twenty-year longitudinal learn of men's improvement. Integrating a variety of learn techniques, Hart assesses character trait, structural-developmental, and crisis-transformational elements within the research of lives through the years. the writer then develops an unique framework for figuring out the mental similarities and transformations in men's lives.
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His work on moral judgment integrates the Piagetian emphasis on structure and development into a theory with implications for an understanding of lives. For this reason alone, Kohlberg's work warrants detailed exposition; but his work obviously is important for this book for reasons beyond its theoretical force. The men whose lives are described in this book were recruited as children and adolescents by Kohlberg for a study on moral judgment develop- 24 CHAPTER 1 ment. Over the next 20 years, these men were regularly interviewed by Kohlberg and his colleagues in order to trace the development of moral judgment into early adulthood.
There are' many structural-developmental accounts that are relevant for the age range considered in this book, but only the most important and relevant can be considered here. Piaget's own works tend to focus on the development of logical and mathematical thinking over the course of infancy, childhood, and adolescence, a topic and age range that are outside the scope of the book. However, Piaget did offer some useful insights about the transition from adolescence to adulthood that are based on his research on logical reasoning (Inhelder & Piaget, 1958).
Furthermore, the scores derived from vocational interest inventories do allow predictions about an individual's future: persons are most likely to enter jobs consonant with their interests and to remain in and be happy with such jobs (Holland, 1973). This body of research, then, indicates that self-report vocational interest inventories reveal stable individual differences from adolescence into adulthood that have implications for occupations. There are clear developmental trends in vocational interests (although these are of much less interest to researchers than the evidence for the stability of individual differences): in his review of longitudinal studies Campbell (1971) reported that in comparison to older adults adolescents and young adults endorse more items that suggest an interest in physical activity and taking risks, suggesting a greater orientation to sensual pursuits and immediate gratification among the younger age groups.