ADAPT Program -- Accent on Developing Abstract Processes of Thought


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The manuscript for an after-dinner address at the Reasoning and Higher Education Conference, Boise, Idaho, February 28, 1985.


All of us have mental images, or models, we use to help us understand our experiences, predict future events, and decide what to do next. Most of us have been trained in an academic discipline that has provided us with a whole range of models and their associated vocabulary. Sometimes it is helpful to take those professional images and words into an area of human behavior for which they may not have been intended and to explore what facets of that behavior they help us see in new ways.