This page will review the following theories:

  • Kegan’s Theory of Evolution of Consciousness
  • Baxter Magolda’s Theory of Self-Authorship
  • Schlossberg’s Transition Theory

Schlossberg’s Transition Theory

If you have ever played the board game LIFE, Schlossberg’s Transition Theory won’t come as a big surprise. LikeLIFE, transition theory helps adults process and grow from unexpected (real) life turns. According to Evans et al. (2010), Schlossberg’s Transition Theory...

Kegan’s Theory of Evolution of Consciousness

Kegan's Theory of Evolution of Consciousness Kegan refers to his theory as the “personal unfolding of ways of organizing experiences that are not simply replaced as we grow but subsumed into more complex systems of mind” (Evans et al., 2010, p. 178).  What?...

Baxter Magolda’s Theory of Self-Authorship

Baxter Magolda’s Theory of Self-Authorship   Baxter Magolda defines self-authorship as “the internal capacity to define one’s beliefs, identity, and social relations” and answers the three following questions (Evans et al.,2010, p.184). How do I know?  Who Am I?  How...

Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger, and Tarule’s Women’s Way of Knowing

Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger, and Tarule’s Women’s Way of Knowing Belenky et al. created a theory of the process of cognitive development in women as five knowledge positions (or perspectives) through which women view themselves and their relationship to knowledge....