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Hierarchical Developmental Models
Hierarchical developmental models figure prominently in many current theories of education. However, the idea of hierarchical development models is far from new, as seen in Plato's three-tiered view of personal development and social organization in The Republic . In fact, Plato's model has all the major elements of many conventional hierarchical developmental models. First, it deals with maturation; second, it assumes that not all people will ultimately mature to the same level; third, it is invariant , which is to say that one cannot “skip” stages; fourth, it is unitary —which is to say that a person moves as a whole from one stage (after having satisfied the requirements of that stage) to another, and does not partially remain in the earlier stage and partially go on to the other; and fifth, it has educational implications and applications. Not all hierarchical developmental models have all of these elements, but all ...