This book brings together new scholarship that expands and refines the concept of self-authorship across cultures. It adopts a constructive-developmental approach to self-evolution that emphasizes the interaction of personal characteristics and contextual influences on individuals’ construction of knowledge, identities, and relationships. Individual chapters cover subjects from populations as varied as Dutch students, male and female Bedouin and Jewish adolescents, African American male and female adolescents in economically depressed areas of the US, Latino/a college students grappling with ethnic identity and dissonance, Australian college females preparing to be childcare workers, and finally a comparative study of Japanese and U.S. college students’ epistemic beliefs.The book concludes by addressing questions about the challenges and opportunities involved in developing a valid measure of self-authorship that is less time and expertise-intensive than the in-depth one-on-one interview employed until now; and offering an outline of future theoretical and methodological research needed to further our understanding of self-evolution in general and self-authorship in particular.
List of Figures & Tables Acknowledgements Part One. The Nature of Self-Authorship 1. Foundational Assumptions and Constructive-Developmental Theory. Self-Authorship Narratives. Lisa M. Boes, Marcia B. Baxter Magolda, and Jennifer A. Buckley 2. The Interweaving of Epistemological, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Development in the Evolution of Self-Authorship. Marcia B. Baxter Magolda 3. Linking Learning Conceptions to Self-Authorship and Beyond– Rebecca Hamer and Erik Jan van Rossum Part Two. Multicultural Perspectives on Self-Authorship 4. Investigating Latino Ethnic Identity within the Self-Authorship Framework. Vasti Torres 5. An Exploratory Study of the Relationship between Adolescent Risk and Resilience and the Early Development of Self-Authorship. Peggy S. Meszaros and Crystal Duncan Lane 6. Towards Self-Authorship in Child Care Students. Implications for Working with Children and their Families –Joanne Brownlee, Donna Berthelsen, and Gillian Boulton-Lewis 7. Epistemological Development of Bedouins and Jews in Israel. Implications for Self-Authorship. Michael Weinstock 8. Personal Epistemology, Learning, and Cultural Context. Japan and the U. S. –Barbara K. Hofer Part Three. Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in Understanding and Assessing Self-Authorship 9. Beyond Self-Authorship. Fifth Order and the Capacity for Social Consciousness. Kelli Zaytoun 10. The Role of the Cognitive Dimension of Self-Authorship. An Equal Partner or the Strong Partner?. Patricia M. King 11. What is Self-Authorship?. A Theoretical Exploration of the Construct. Jane Elizabeth Pizzolato 12. Demonstrating the Link Between Reasoning and Action in the Early Stages of Self-Authorship. Elizabeth G. Creamer 13. Getting to the Complexities of Identity. The Contributions of an Autoethnographic and Intersectional Approach. Susan R. Jones 14. Using the Subject-Object Interview to Promote and Assess Self-Authorship. Jennifer Garvey Berger Part Four. Future Directions 15. Future Directions. Pursuing Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Evolution of Self-Authorship. Marcia B. Baxter Magolda Index