Postformal Thought in Cognitive Development


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Which of the following refers to the stage of cognitive development in which there's an understanding that contradictions exist in the world?

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1. Accepting that both sides of an argument are valid is called:

2. Incorporating both sides of an argument into a new, more fully-developed idea is called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What are the characteristics of postformal thought in cognitive development? The questions in this quiz and worksheet combo will assess your understanding of this type of thought and its purposes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to review the following terms:

  • Thinking and reasoning skills
  • Realistic thinking
  • Postformal thought
  • Antithesis
  • Thesis

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can help you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding characteristics of postformal thought and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about realistic thinking
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related developmental psychology lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Postformal Thought in Cognitive Development. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define postformal thought
  • Identify the purposes of dialectical reasoning
  • Examine how people become postformal thinkers
  • Compare and contrast thesis and antithesis