209 Morrill Hall
62 College Road
Educational Research and Practice Lecture Series - Monday, March 20, 2017
Join us on Monday, March 20, 2017 in the New Hampshire Hall Alumni Room for a lecture by Dr. Avi Kaplan of Temple University: Identity and Motivation: A Complex Dynamic Systems Perspective.
Current prominent models of identity and motivation face challenges in bridging across divergent perspectives and across dimensions such as conscious or unconscious, stable or contextual, personal or social-collective, and epigenetic or discursive-relational. Yet, people's beliefs about who they are and who they want to become, and how these relate to why and how they act, manifest phenomena across perspectives and dichotomous distinctions. In this presentation, Dr. Kaplan will present a model that draws on the Complex Dynamic System (CDS), and the corresponding Relational-Developmental Systems approach that provides a meta-theoretical framework for the conceptualization and investigation of the integrative nature of identity, motivation, and their developmental mechanisms. The Dynamic Systems Model of Role Identity (DSMRI) conceptualizes identity as a complex dynamic system based in action and allows us to capture the rich, emergent, continuous, nonlinear, contextualized, agency-based yet culturally-constructed phenomena of identity and motivation, while anchored in established constructs from the psychosocial, social-cognitive, and social-cultural perspectives. Dr. Kaplan will describe the ontological and epistemological assumptions underlying the DSMRI, and the methodological implications for pursuing research questions at the unit of analysis of the complex dynamic system. He will also provide examples of studies that employed the DSMRI to investigate identity and motivation processes among youth and adults in educational and professional development settings, and share methodological tools that researchers can adapt and use to investigate related research questions in other contexts.
209 Morrill Hall
Free and open to the public