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Three Applications Of The Theory Of Postformal Thought: Wisdom, Concepts Of God, And Success In College

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The ability to use complex cognition may be relevant in many aspects of life. This chapter presents two studies which are a follow up to a recent study by Griffin, of the relationship between postformal thought and complex concepts of god. These studies are also a further exploration of postformal thought, wisdom, and college performance. The first study tests the relationship between postformal thought, as measured by the Postformal Thought Scale, concepts of god, as measured by the Concepts of God Scale, and academic achievement, measured by grade point average (GPA). The second study examines wisdom, as measured by Ardelt's scale, complexity of god concept, as measured by the Concepts of God Scale, and postformal thought as measured by the Postformal Thought Scale. It was predicted that participants with high levels of postformal thought would have more complex concepts of god, higher GPAs, and greater levels of wisdom.

Keywords: concepts of God; postformal thought; success in college; wisdom



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