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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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INCREASED COMPLEXITY OF MEANING MAKING: ROBERT KEGAN

Robert Kegan, one of the best known and most esteemed developmental theorists, builds on constructivist theory in observing that individuals construct meaning throughout their lives. The individual can own only his or her construction of reality, which is created in language. According to Kegan, this construction is centered on the particular meaning-making stage of each individual person rather than on age or a phase in life (1982). As people grow and develop, the content of their ideas may not necessarily change, but the form of their understanding is likely to develop. The way an individual makes meaning changes over time to become more complex and multifaceted (1994). In Robert Kegan and ...

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