How self-aware are you? How do you know this? Are you aware of your self-
Can this self-awareness be measured, objectively?!
My research hypothesises that we are not self-aware and that we have
habituated Thinking Styles that can be deconstructed using!
speciﬁc Cognitive Intentions. This is how the research unfolded…
I discovered something called Meta-Programmes that describe certain intentions in our
thinking. As there are ﬁfty of them, I thought these would be a useful way of deconstructing a
student’s thinking and then found a tool that used them to determine our thinking.
1. How does the thinking of post-graduate students map against the Identity Compass?
2. Can I determine unique Thinking Styles from the combinations of Meta-Programmes?
3. Can I create a benchmark tool to normalise the IC output?
The ﬁnal study is a qualitative study where I use a semi-structured interview to
tease out the important ﬁndings from the quantitative studies by asking the
participants if and how aware they are of using the Cognitive Intentions in their
thinking! The questions represent the facets of Dynamic Intelligence - Intention,
Awareness, Choice & Response.
Unfortunately, the results of the ﬁrst studies was non-signiﬁcant even though I created the measure,
which I called The Thinking Quotient and found a Thinking Style!
As I had permission to use the entire proﬁle database (n=8,200), I asked the question: does the
data from 8,200 IC proﬁles support the ﬁndings of studies 1 & 2? Is there enough support for
Thinking Styles, Academic Thinking Style, Levels of the Thinking Quotient and the Intention,
Awareness, Choice & Response facets of our thinking as hypothesised in the Lit Review?
If it can, then there is a strong possibility that the concept of Dynamic Intelligence exists!
DOES DYNAMIC INTELLIGENCE EXIST AS A CONCEPTUAL
MEASURE OF SELF-AWARENESS IN THE MOMENT?
Thinking about your thinking is called Metacognition. The problem is, metacognition is predominantly about children’s
thinking and how they learn. I am interested in adult thinking and how we improve it. Meta-cognition refers to the
self-monitoring of one’s own cognitive processes and inﬂuences on them (Flavell, 1976). Gifted students have
often been described as being unique and qualitatively different from average students (Kanevs ky & Geake, 2004),
but in reality, there is little evidence for this (Perleth, Sierwald, & Heller, 1993). Students actively construct their
own knowledge and meaning from their experiences (Fosnot, 1996; Steffe & Gale, 1995).!So I wanted to ﬁnd out
how does a post-graduate student construct their thinking in context. I needed to ﬁnd a suitable measuring tool.
I discovered that in order to apply Meta-Programmes to students’ thinking, I had to understand what
the students’ intention was in the moment, and if the student was aware of this intention. The
awareness led me to consider the difference between the pairs, which was not being measured by
the tool. So I thought that a more appropriate name for them would be: Cognitive Intentions!
Caring for Self
This time, the data IS signiﬁcant!!!
And there are different dimensions at of
Cognitive Intentions combinations at the
different levels of the Thinking Quotient!
This suggests that the dimension found in the
previous study is in fact, an Academic Thinking
Style! This intimates that Dynamic Intelligence
exists as a measure of self-awareness!
Darren Stevens, Ph.D. student, Year 3 - Supervisors: Dr Laura Taylor (DoS) - Dr Andre Soares - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences