Dawn Schrader, Cornell University

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Associate Professor Ithaca, New York dawn.schrader@cornell.edu Office: (607) 255-9258

Bio/Research

My research combines a social contextual constructivist view of knowledge and a social-cognitive psychology of human development within the domains of moral, self and intellectual development. I believe these domains are interconnected, and developed a model that I refer to as the Action-Judgment...

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Bio/Research

My research combines a social contextual constructivist view of knowledge and a social-cognitive psychology of human development within the domains of moral, self and intellectual development. I believe these domains are interconnected, and developed a model that I refer to as the Action-Judgment-Awareness model. The model consists of three dynamically related components: Action--the real life choices and experiences of persons; Judgment--the cognitive perspective or framework that people currently have and use, which includes personal epistemology, self development, and moral psychology; and Awareness--the metacognitive awareness of thoughts, strategies, experiences, and tasks. My primary research interest is the exploration of cognitive moral psychology, its structure and development, and the actions and decisions made in real life settings, including personal, interpersonal and professional decisions in the moral domain. I take a lifespan developmental approach to understanding social and psychological influences on cognition and action, with a particular emphasis on early adolescence through adulthood, with the ultimate goals of creating better, more comprehensive, explanatory, and inclusive theories, and understanding how individual lives and communities are improved through thoughtful action.

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