The Handbook of Transformative Learning. Theory, Research, and Practice

  • ID: 2209409
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  • 624 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Handbook of Transformative Learning

The leading resource for the field, this handbook provides a comprehensive and critical review of more than three decades of theory development, research, and practice in transformative learning. The starting place for understanding and fostering transformative learning, as well as diving deeper, the volume distinguishes transformative learning from other forms of learning, explores future perspectives, and is designed for scholars, students, and practitioners.

Praise for The Handbook of Transformative Learning

"This book will be of inestimable value to students and scholars of learning irrespective of whether or not their emphasis is on transformative learning. It should find its way to the reference bookshelves of every academic library focusing on education, teaching, learning, or the care professions."
Peter Jarvis, professor of continuing education, University of Surrey

"Can there be a coherent theory of transformative learning? Perhaps. This handbook goes a long way to answering this question by offering a kaleidoscope of perspectives, including non–Western, that consider the meaning and practice of transformativelearning."
Shauna Butterwick, associate professor, University of British Columbia

"This handbook will be valuable and accessible to both scholars and practitioners who are new to the study of adult education and transformative learning and to more seasoned scholars who seek a sophisticated analysis of the state of transformative learning thirty years after Mezirow first shared his version of a then–fledgling theory of adult learning."
Jovita Ross–Gordon, professor and program coordinator, MA in Adult Education, Texas State University

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About the Editors ix

About the Contributors xi

PART ONE: SETTING THE CONTEXT 1

1 Transformative Learning Theory: Seeking a More Unified Theory 3Patricia Cranton and Edward W. Taylor

2 Themes and Variations of Transformational Learning: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Forms That Transform 21Elizabeth J. Tisdell

3 A Critical Review of Research on Transformative Learning Theory, 2006 2010 37Edward W. Taylor and Melissa J. Snyder

4 Studying Transformative Learning: What Methodology? 56Sharan B. Merriam and SeonJoo Kim

5 Learning to Think Like an Adult: Core Concepts of Transformation Theory 73Jack Mezirow

PART TWO: EXPLORING THE THEORY OF TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING: DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES 97

6 Mezirow s Theory of Transformative Learning from 1975 to Present 99Lisa M. Baumgartner

7 Nurturing Soul Work: A Jungian Approach to Transformative Learning 116John M. Dirkx

8 Critical Theory and Transformative Learning 131Stephen D. Brookfield

9 Transformative Learning: A Developmental Perspective 147Kathleen Taylor and Dean Elias

10 Deep Transformation: Forging a Planetary Worldview 162
Edmund O Sullivan

11 Transformative Learning and the Challenges of Complexity 178Michel Alhadeff–Jones

12 Transforming Transformative Learning Through Sustainability and the New Science 195Elizabeth A. Lange

13 An Existential Approach to Transformative Learning 212Peter Willis

PART THREE: TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING: CULTURE, POSITIONALITY, AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES 229

14 Cultural–Spiritual Perspective of Transformative Learning 231Nadira K. Charaniya

15 Women and Transformative Learning 245Leona M. English and Catherine J. Irving

16 Positionality and Transformative Learning: A Tale of Inclusion and Exclusion 260Juanita Johnson–Bailey

17 Transformative Learning Theory: A Perspective from Africa 274Peggy Gabo Ntseane

18 Transformative Learning in Europe: An Overview of the Theoretical Perspectives 289Alexis Kokkos

19 International and Community–Based Transformative Learning 304Olutoyin Mejiuni

PART FOUR: TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING: CENTRAL CONCEPTS AND SETTINGS 321

20 Critical Reflection and Transformative Learning 323Carolin Kreber

21 The Role of Experience in Transformative Learning 342Dorothy MacKeracher

22 Group Work and Dialogue: Spaces and Processes for Transformative Learning in Relationships 355Steven A. Schapiro, Ilene L. Wasserman, and Placida V. Gallegos

23 Transformative Learning in the Workplace: Leading Learning for Self and Organizational Change 373Karen E. Watkins, Victoria J. Marsick, and Pierre G. Faller

24 Fostering Transformative Learning in Higher Education Settings 388Carol E. Kasworm and Tuere A. Bowles

25 Fostering Transformative Learning Online 408Regina O. Smith

PART FIVE: FOSTERING TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING: PRACTICES AND ETHICS 423

26 Transformation as Embodied Narrative 425M. Carolyn Clark

27 Learner–Centered Teaching and Transformative Learning 439Maryellen Weimer

28 Storytelling and Transformative Learning 455Jo A. Tyler and Ann L. Swartz

29 Transformative Learning Through Artistic Expression: Getting Out of Our Heads 471Randee Lipson Lawrence

30 Fiction and Film and Transformative Learning 486Christine Jarvis

31 Learning to Be What We Know: The Pivotal Role of Presentational Knowing in Transformative Learning 503Elizabeth Kasl and Lyle Yorks

32 Evaluating Transformative Learning 520Patricia Cranton and Chad Hoggan

33 Educator as Change Agent: Ethics of Transformative Learning 536Dorothy Ettling

PART SIX: REFLECTING ON THE FUTURE OF TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING 553

34 Reflecting Back and Looking Forward 555Edward W. Taylor and Patricia Cranton

Name Index 575

Subject Index 588

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Edward W. Taylor is a professor of adult education at Penn State University at Harrisburg. He is the coeditor, with Jack Mezirow, of Transformative Learning in Practice.

Patricia Cranton is a retired professor of adult education, most recently from Penn State University at Harrisburg. Her recent books include Planning Instruction for Adult Learners and Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning.

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