Though there is great value in studying each of these in isolation, once again we face the fact that there is massive overlap in how they are defined and understood. Both describe development in terms of an invariant sequence of levels, each of which coordinates skills or capacities of prior levels.  There is some controversy in the literature around whether development happens continuously or as discrete levels in spurts. Borrowing from Mervis & Rosh’s (1981) theory of concept development, we can say that the first things we learn about are “natural types” at the most salient physical scale. In the next section we show how STAGES has striking similarities with Hierarchical Complexity Theory and Skill Theory, the most recent neo-Piagetian models. Thompson, W. I. Arguments are made in the literature, described in later sections, that the overall method, including the cutoffs used, has excellent validity. Organization Development Journal, 16(1), 11. Current Directions. Cognitive vs. emotional skill. That is, when we first learn about a new type of thing it is an accomplishment to just notice, to be aware of, and be able to talk about, that kind of object. Integral Review, 5(1), 4-24.  With large sample sizes it is also possible to use much shorter versions of the 36-item sentence completion test, helping participant recruitment by lowering the effort required to participate. Journal of Public Deliberation, 2(1), 6. Each later structure (social or cognitive), while solving some problems, will inevitably introduce new dilemmas. Ego Development theory is best understood as one of the several models that portray the different levels of development in the Upper Left Quadrant in Ken Wilber’s All Quadrants, All Levels (AQAL) map of human experience. If a model using the three nested dimensions (drivers) replicates the existing methods of measuring the developmental sequence as defined by Loevinger and Cook-Greuter (which have been validated expensively), then we can assume that this model is a fair approximation of reality (for certain purposes; or at least a fair replication of prior ego development and meaning-making maturity models). One can notice this nuance in our example of prejudice. As mentioned, in STAGES each level is defined by only three parameters. In M. E. Miller & S. Cook-Greuter (Eds. (Cook-Greuter, 2000, p. 21-30). A shorter version of this summary also appeared in O’Fallon (2013). a completion is scored by matching it to a set of real examples (which, in later manuals, are grouped into categories based on thematic similarity). The Washington University Sentence Completion Test (WUSCT) is a sentence completion test created by Jane Loevinger, which measures ego development along Loevinger's stages of ego development. With practice one moves from declarative to “procedural” knowledge, the ability to perform a task without needing to think about its steps. The above descriptions are characteristic of Kegan’s theory as well—next we move specifically to the SCT and the WUSCT. More complete descriptions can be found in O’Fallon (2011, 2013; and Fitch et al. ), (4) Though we focus on the broad holistic capacity of “meaning making” that generally coordinates over many developmental lines and life contexts, each line or context can develop at different rates. Revision of the sentence completion test for ego development. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Erikson's stages of psychosocial development, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Washington_University_Sentence_Completion_Test&oldid=984499584, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 October 2020, at 11:54. A critical review of the validity of ego development theory and its measurement. The STAGES model posits that, in a general way, meaning making development moves in a particular way within these dimensions of polarities. According to Westenberg et al. the sentence completion test which we now call the MAP (Maturity Assessment Profile). At the mapping phase of Skill Theory one begins to understand relationships between single objects. At 3rd PP (subtle individual objects) one is aware of ideas, values, plans, etc. Diamond, J. M. (1998). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. To integrate them into the skill of “playing baseball” is a vertical transformation to another order of complexity and integration. Loevinger’s theory focused on changes in impulse control, goal orientation, interpersonal relations, and conscious preoccupations, and these (particularly the first two) changes characterize growth from pre-conventional to conventional to early post-conventional stages. Generalizations about generalization: How a theory of skill development explains both generality and specificity. (2009). If the test was taken on pen-and-paper, the responses should be typed up and any identifying information is deleted to protect the subject's privacy and to prevent identifying information from coloring the rater's scores. In the Introduction we give an overview of the basic principles of developmental theories, for those new to that topic. Bayesian statistics: an introduction. (Eds.). , The instructions and context of the SCT can influence the outcome, especially if they provide any sort of support, “scaffolding,” or prompting. First are two short descriptions of the progression of levels, followed by some tabular descriptions. 3rd: The next perspective gives rise to subtle ‘I’ stages, where we realize we have a subtle self – the thoughts, emotions, and independent mind of rational consciousness (3.0 Expert and 3.5 Achiever in the model). More than 20 years have elapsed since the last substantial critical review of the validity of the theory and its measurement (Loevinger, 1979). Kuhn, D., & Pease, M. (2008). O’Fallon’s STAGES model is a more significant departure within this lineage. Loevinger chose to use a projective test, relying on the principle that item stem responses are a reflection of internal, conscious and unconscious processes. At the systems phase one perceives entire systems of relationships, where objects may inter-influence and co-define each other, which again, is close to the interpenetrative in STAGES (while “interpenetration” points to something a bit more integrated than a system of relationships). The Washington University Sentence Completion Test, which was developed by Jane Loevinger, is a free-response, semi-projective instrument for the assessment of ego development. American psychologist, 55(1), 122. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 47, 337- 357. For example, one learns about what it is to be “mad” (concrete tier) or prejudiced (subtle tier) by learning about the characteristics one observes in others; and only later can one turn that understanding inward to ask “am I feeling mad?” or “am I being prejudiced”? For example, a meta-analysis of over 350 empirical studies strongly supports the validity of the WUSCT assessment and the ego development model. 39-70). Wilber, K. (2000A). O’Fallon T., Ramirez, V., & Fitch, G. (2014). ISBN: 0805820590 9780805820591: OCLC Number: 38039595: Description: x, 132 pages ; 23 cm. In Loevinger, J.  Second, assuming it is beneficial to do so, how do we support and strengthen any needed capacities? The ogive produces 8-12 (depending on the model) discrete levels and is thought to best match our intuitions about “levels of development.” The TWS produces an integer value ranging usually from about 100-400, and this continuous metric is preferable for some types of research studies. College learning for the new global century. The test has been characterized as a good test for clinical use as it can measure across distinct psychopathologies and help in choosing treatment modalities; to this end, it is used by many clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. Harvard University Press. Loevinger's conception of ego development predicts a curvilinear relation between it and conformity. Similarly, we will find that the development of wisdom or meaning making maturity is difficult to define and measure, but this difficulty has not prevented significant research into the issue. (1976) Ego Development. Thoughts on Loevinger’s theory in relation to subject-object psychology. Developmentally, one can imagine a 5 year old child describing how she or another is feeling mad or sad, but probably not jealous or paranoid. Molecules have different properties than atoms, people have different properties than cells, and schools of fish have properties beyond those of individual fish. Exclusive focus on gratification of immediate needs; strong attachment to mother, and differentiating her from the rest of the environment, but not her/himself from mother; preverbal, hence inaccessible to assessment via the sentence completion method. Causal leadership: A natural emergence from later stages of awareness. It is useful to remember that one can perform a skill or ability automatically or unconsciously, but that does not “count” in meaning-making development until it “becomes object.” For example, a child can implicitly make and follow a plan for how to get from their house, through the woods, to their friend’s house. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Pals, J. L., & John, O. P. (1998). , Internal consistency. NY: Macmillan. Again this is an I-oriented space, while the we is present and backgrounded. Concrete objects are things one perceives with (or indirectly through) the senses, including not only singular objects such as dogs, noses, planets, atoms, and clouds, but collective things like cities, forests, solar systems, and families. Following this she continued her research while making a move that Loevinger was critical of: using the sentence completion instrument to score individuals and give them coaching or consultation (as opposed to restricting its use to research applications). To improve in each skill involves horizontal learning. Second, each of the four scorers was compared separately with CG/L scores. As of their 2004 article, “findings of over 350 empirical studies generally support critical assumptions underlying the ego development construct” (p. 485), and dozens more studies have followed since 2004. The definitions we are using fit well for assessing a psychometric measurement by itself, as opposed to an experimental study per se. The items of the WUSCT address a variety of issues, including how respondents perceive and respond to personal relationships (e.g., ‘My mother and I…’), authority (e.g., ‘Rules are…’), frustration (e.g., ‘If I can’t get what I want…’), and everyday issues (e.g., ‘Raising a family…’). Carlson, V.K., & Westenberg, P.M. (1998). They found no significant difference between oral vs. written versions, and a very slight decrease in scores when it was administered orally via a telephone conversation. Test-retest reliability refers to whether an assessment measures a stable construct or something that varies due to uncontrollable or random factors.  One not only recognizes objects but also begins to organize and prioritize them mentally. Development.  Westenberg (2004b, p. 603) claims that “Several studies suggest that the split-half reliability of the WUSCT…is about .80, and, if disattenuated for the greater unreliability of the two test halves, the correlation between the two halves approached unity.”. Integral Review: A Transdisciplinary & Transcultural Journal for New Thought, Research, & Praxis, 11(2). Sentence Completion Test. Skill Theory is a theory of any skill, which has mainly been applied predominantly to cognitive domains. The WUSCT scale score assesses the test taker’s level of development within Loevinger’s ego development model as was shown in Table 1. Table 2. (Also found in Vincent, 2014; and see also Loeviner 1998, p 9. However, because SCTs are mediated by linguistic skill, one must have at least an adequate ability to articulate what one thinks or believes to have the score reflect their developmental level. When we think about the significant challenges of home, work, or civic life, it seems that such wisdom skills are both essential and too often in short supply. Wilber, K. (2007). Strong external validity metrics support a claim that what is measured matches our intuitive or conceptual understanding of the construct.. At the lowest stage of ego development the individual is subject to physical needs and impulses, reliant on others to … Concrete/Subtle/Metaware, Individual/Collective, Passive/Active, and Exterior/Interior. Whereas Loevinger’s work was specifically about “ego development” defined as a “master trait” applying to one’s relationship to reality in general, the STAGES assessment can (theoretically) be used to assess meaning-making in specific domains. These include cognitive (thinking) skills, affective (feeling) skills, personality traits, and values. Torbert, W. R., & Livne-Tarandach, R. (2009). Your email address will not be published. NOTE: “Add” means in addition to the description applying to the previous level. 39-58).  It is beyond our scope here to describe the developmental levels proposed by Loevinger, Cook-Greuter, Kegan, and others, but we include some summaries in Appendix 3 to give a flavor of how these levels are described in the field. The subtle We consists of the perception of one being situated in and arising out of a plurality of contexts (4.0 Pluralist and 4.5 Strategist stages). Some studies use a “split-half” version of the test, giving 18 of the stems as a pre-test and the other 18 as a post test or alternate test. Barker & Torbert (2011, p. 55) report on Nicolaides (2008) study: “unlike people at conventional action logics who tend to try to avoid ambiguity, all of her post conventional sample saw positive, creative potential in ambiguity. Several studies indicate that the WUSCT is a reliable and valid psychometric measurement of ego development (Cook-Grueter and Soulen 2007 ; Lilienfeld et al. The levels of stage-like growth form an invariant sequence—levels can not be skipped, any more than one can learn calculus without first learning algebra, since each level forms structured wholes based on, or as Wilber puts it “transcending and including,” the prior level(s). In the Concrete Tier it is relatively straightforward to understand development as a progression from awareness of individual (1st PP) to collective (2nd PP) objects. Postautonomous Ego Development: A Study Of Its Nature And Measurement. As to variations in the choice of sentence stems, we can make several observations. Using the Sentence Completion Test for ego development, we studied several cohorts of students between 1971 and 1979 at a technological institute (Tech) and between 1974 and 1979 at a predominantly liberal arts university (MU). 6th PP: At the sixth person perspective, this new ‘I’ is again backgrounded as it lets go into a much larger, causal ‘We.’ In the sixth level stages (6.0 Kosmic and 6.5 Illumined), the ‘We’ is all of concrete, subtle, and causal manifestation itself, the Kosmos, the utterly full and empty existence, eternal and beyond time, infinite and beyond space. New York: Basic Books. One can be aware of projection in the moment as it happens. One moves from from simple relationships between individual objects to more complex multi-object relationships. In Wilber’s model the “Kosmic Address” of any object of inquiry is defined by the values of the three AQAL dimensions. Without critiquing or detracting from the significant insights that these other models contain, the innovations within the STAGES model add important insights to this field of theory and application. Each stage is different from the other as we grow; meaning, we acquire more characteristic traits that we had the previous stage. [And] people can lower their score more reliably and decisively than they can raise it.” Cook-Greuter (1999, p. 52) says that we can “only conclude that an individual performs at least at such and such a stage under the test conditions, but one cannot exclude the possibility that they might operate at a higher level if given support… probed for further explanations and meaning…or given altered test instructions”. As such, the concept itself is ancient in origin and has received some form of treatment in almost all systems of philosophy and all schools of psychology. 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