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Randi, the round-the-clock rabbit: An allegory based on Perry's theory of cognitive development


This is a unique and creative story which is used to explain how students grow and develop by using the theory of William Perry as described in his book titled,Forms of Intellectual and Ethical Development in the College Years. The description is condensed into four classification categories which are explained and told in an animal allegory so that the reader has a better understanding of the theory. From this theory the actual growth and development of a student's intellectual level can be determined which enables the professor to be able to identify a teaching methodology for each individual learner.

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  1. Perry, W. G. (1970).Forms of intellectual and ethical development in the college years. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc.

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William Perry's theory of intellectual and ethical development, provides a framework for understanding differences in the level of thought exhibited by students, colleagues, and others with whom one interacts. This paper attempts to capture the essence of Perry's theory in the few short pages of a children's story. If this tale informs while it entertains, it will have served its purpose.

An Associate Professor of Instructional Development in the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Formerly, he was the chief student affairs officer at IUPUI, Purdue-Indianapolis and Indiana University-Gary.

Formerly, she was a senior physical therapist at Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Domholdt, E., Preusz, G. Randi, the round-the-clock rabbit: An allegory based on Perry's theory of cognitive development. Innov High Educ 12, 42–46 (1987).

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