Perry (1970) has described post-formal cognitive development as transitions in thinking strategies from dualism to nondualism. The movement toward nondualism is hypothesized to be positively associated with the level of education. This study is a new attempt to assess the two thinking strategies, dualism versus nondualism. Forty freshmen, 33 seniors, and 29 faculty completed a questionnaire by making judgments on 20 popular issues. There was a marginally significant difference in dualistic thinking across educational status, with seniors as the least dualistic. The implications of these results are discussed.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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"Cognitive Development and Dualism in the College Environment,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 3:
1, Article 24.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol3/iss1/24