Transformative Learning in Practice: Insights from Community, Workplace, and Higher Education
October 2009, Jossey-Bass
Transformative Learning in Practice will help readers:
Learn the most effective practices for promoting transformative learning
Understand the most helpful ways transformative learning informs practice
Find out how the teaching setting shapes the practice of transformative learning
Discover the successes, strengths, and outcomes of fostering transformative learning
Recognize the risks and challenges of practicing transformative learning
This comprehensive resource includes an introduction to the theory of transformative learning, a brief overview of the growing body of research on the topic, and a discussion of areas for future exploration.
Praise for Transforming Learning in Practice
"Transformative learning comes to life in this powerful
collection of real experiences which put transformative learning
into practice in higher education, the workplace, and in community
and social change education. Every chapter is full of candid
insights from reflective practitioners about the challenges and
rewards of engaging in transformative learning. A must-read for
adult educators everywhere!"
—Sharan B. Merriam, professor emeritus of adult education, University of Georgia
"Mezirow and Taylor's book deepens our understanding of a
central idea in adult education—that meaningful learning for
adults is often triggered by a transformative experience. Readers
are provided a rich array of approaches which help them to
understand and facilitate transformative learning in multiple
settings. Together these practices build a toolkit for those who
would support learning that transforms."
—Karen E. Watkins, professor, human resource and organization development, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, University of Georgia
"Methods to facilitate transformative learning bear intriguing
similarities across varied places and spaces. This book breaks
through silo thinking and is for educators across formal and
informal settings who are concerned with individual or collective
transformation, whether in the 'North' or 'South.'"
—Shirley Walters, professor of adult and continuing education, University of Western Cape, South Africa
About the Authors.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION.
1 Fostering Transformative Learning (Edward W. Taylor).
2 Transformative Learning Theory (Jack Mezirow).
PART TWO: TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING AS HIGHER EDUCATION.
3 Creating Alternative Realities: Arts-Based Approaches to Transformative Learning (Shauna Butterwick, Randee Lipson Lawrence).
4 Constructive Teaching and Learning: Collaboration in a Sociology Classroom (Debra Langan, Ron Sheese, Deborah Davidson).
5 Facilitating Transformative Learning: Engaging Emotions in an Online Context (John M. Dirkx, Regina O. Smith).
6 Fostering Transformative Learning in Leadership Development (Joe F. Donaldson).
7 Mentoring: When Learners Make the Learning (Alan Mandell, Lee Herman).
8 Transformative Approaches to Culturally Responsive Teaching: Engaging Cultural Imagination (Elizabeth J. Tisdell, Derise E. Tolliver).
9 Promoting Dialogic Teaching Among Higher Education Faculty in South Africa (Sarah Gravett, Nadine Petersen).
10 Transformative Palliative Care Education (Rod MacLeod, Tony Egan).
PART THREE: TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING AS WORKPLACE EDUCATION.
11 Engaging Critical Reflection in Corporate America (Stephen Brookfield).
12 Charting the Course: How Storytelling Can Foster Communicative Learning in the Workplace (Jo A. Tyler).
13 Coaching to Transform Perspective (Beth Fisher-Yoshida).
14 The Transformative Potential of Action Learning Conversations: Developing Critically Reflective Practice Skills (Victoria J. Marsick, Terrence E. Maltbia).
15 Transformative Learning in Adult Basic Education (Kathleen P. King, Barbara P. Heuer).
16 From Tradesperson to Teacher: A Transformative Transition (Patricia Cranton).
PART FOUR: TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING AS COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE.
17 Fostering a Learning Sanctuary for Transformation in Sustainability Education (Elizabeth A. Lange).
18 Popular Education, Women’s Work, and Transforming Lives in Bolivia (Catherine A. Hansman, Judith Kollins Wright).
19 Promoting Personal Empowerment with Women in East Harlem Through Journaling and Coaching (Susan R. Meyer).
20 Breaking Out of the Egg: Methods of Transformative Learning in Rural West Africa (Peter Easton, Karen Monkman, Rebecca Miles).
21 Farmer Field Schools: A Platform for Transformative Learning in Rural Africa (Deborah Duveskog, Esbern Friis-Hansen).
22 Collaborative Inquiry in Action: Transformative Learning Through Co-Inquiry (Lucia Alc ´ antara, Sandra Hayes, Lyle Yorks).
23 Challenging Racism in Self and Others: Transformative Learning as a Living Practice (European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness).
PART FIVE: REFLECTIONS.
24 Looking Forward by Looking Back: Reflections on the Practice of Transformative Learning (Edward W. Taylor, Jodi Jarecke).
Edward W. Taylor is associate professor in adult education at Penn State Capitol College University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has published widely on transformative learning including in the journals Adult Education Quarterly, International Journal of Lifelong Education, and the Journal of Transformative Education. He is a coeditor of Adult Education Quarterly.
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