Constructed Development Theory

Introducing Constructed Development Theory

Constructed Development Theory takes its name from its central premise: that self-awareness and cognitive growth are concepts that are constructed by the brain. The aim of the theory is to develop perspicacity. The flow of the theory is thus:

The Theory of Constructed Development focuses on how human beings utilise shortcuts in their thinking in order to construct their Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response in the moment. The greater their awareness of their intention based on the use of fifty Cognitive Intentions, the greater their capacity to respond in the moment.

Dynamic Intelligence is the process by which we construct our thinking in the moment in order to determine the path from (unconscious) Intention to Awareness, then Choice and finally Response. The greater our awareness of our intention, the more choice we create in our responses in the moment, thus, the greater our Dynamic Intelligence.

The Awareness Quotient is the tool created to measure our awareness of the relationship between the fifty Cognitive Intentions that are the building blocks of our Dynamic Intelligence. The score derived from this measure is one’s level of Dynamic Intelligence. This scale is the benchmark for our Constructed Development. And you can now become qualified to use it as a coaching and mentoring aide.

Click here for a brochure about CDT and how it can help your business. And Click here for the original thesis by Dr Stevens.

Finally, Click here for a very comprehensive deconstruction of the thinking behind CDT, including a number of philosophical connections.

How is this research significant?

    From a data set of over 8,200 profiles, Dr Stevens determined:

    - CDT - the focus on shortcuts to our self-construction
    - Adult Metacognition – thinking about our habituated thinking via CI's
    - CDT is the first measure of meta-cognition via the AQ.
    - The Four Pillars of Constructed Development – how CDT is deconstructed
    - Dynamic Intelligence – the process by which CDT is constructed by you
    - Zone of Dynamic Development – the adult version of Vygotsky’s ZPD
    - The Development Onion – moving CDT away from a stage-based system
    - CDT separates vertical growth from stage development via the Onion.
    - Cognitive Intentions linked to Piagetian schemata – not done before
    - Cognitive Thinking Styles – and our unconscious habituated use of them
    - The Awareness Quotient - Measurement tool for self-awareness
    - The Dynamic Intelligence Awareness Model – the process for DI awareness
    - Constructed Development Grid – where one places themselves developmentally
    - Emotional Intelligence is a facet of DI when IACR is implied
    - CDT is the foundation for any measure of self-awareness, which is DI.
    - CDT illustrates that ‘competence’ might exist by a different name: DI
    - CDT is the Conduit between domain-general and domain-specific thinking

    CDT, as a psychological field of study allows one to become a:

    Constructed Developmental Psychologist

    Further to these contributions, CDT can be abbreviated as such:

    • CDT reveals hidden infrastructure (algorithms)
    • CDT reveals hidden patterns of thinking (styles)
    • CDT enhances understanding of relationship between unconscious biases and responses to environment
    • CDT highlights limitations to learning and thinking and responding
    • CDT highlights interventions for improvement
    • CDT highlights interventions for personal development
    • CDT highlights interventions for development of praxis

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