Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adolescent Conceptualizations of Wisdom: A Phenomenological Study
by Ellison, Kristen Lynn, M.A., Prescott College, 2013, 96; 1549714
Abstract (Summary)

This phenomenological study explored the concept of wisdom as perceived and experienced by adolescents. The research questions were: How do adolescents conceptualize wisdom?; Which aspects of 'being wise,' if any, do adolescents believe they possess?; Do adolescents believe wisdom is attainable or desirable?; and Do adolescents believe that their formal education (school) is guiding them toward the development of wisdom? From these research questions, interview questions were created and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 adolescents between the ages of 10-14 across two school locations. Through a process of coding the interview data for emergent themes, the findings of this study revealed that adolescent beliefs about and definitions of wisdom are in line with the existing literature and that adolescents find wisdom both desirable and attainable. Moreover, since formal education experiences are expected to play a role in wisdom development in adolescents, implications for educator practice are discussed. In particular, critical pedagogy and experiential education may be key elements for educator practice in facilitating learning experiences which cultivate wisdom, particularly in the context of the transformation economy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mitten, Denise
Commitee: Bailey, Andrew, Warren, Karen
School: Prescott College
Department: Adventure Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social research, Education philosophy
Keywords: Adolescents, Critical pedagogy, Experiential education, Transformation economy, Wisdom
Publication Number: 1549714
ISBN: 9781303624346
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