Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning: A Guide for Educators of Adults / Edition 2

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Jack Mezirow's theory of transformative learning has developed over nearly two decades into a comprehensive and complex description of how learners construe, validate, and reformulate the meaning of their experiences. But what exactly is transformative learning? How does it differ from other concepts of adult learning? How can educators actively foster transformative learning with adult learners? In this book, Patricia Cranton describes the theory and process of transformative learning in terms of experiences with which we are all familiar: from the learner who is struck by a new concept or a different way of thinking about something to the learner who changes her personal life on the basis of new insights. Drawing on numerous examples from nearly twenty years of experience as an adult educator and researcher, Cranton relates transformative learning to current adult education perspectives. She describes how learners undergo transformative learning. She examines individual differences among learners, and she presents practical strategies for fostering and supporting transformative learning - including questioning techniques, journal writing, consciousness-raising exercises, and experiential activities. Cranton also describes approaches the educator can use - such as fostering group interaction and encouraging learner networks - to provide support for the transformative learning process and help learners to support each other.
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Describes the theory and process of transformative learning and relates transformative learning to current adult education perspectives. Examines individual differences among learners and presents strategies for supporting transformative learning, including questioning techniques, journal writing, and consciousness-raising exercises. For practicing educators and students of adult education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Perceptive, provocative, and lucid.... Patricia Cranton's clear and careful analysis and her down-to-earth examples of transformative learning concepts move my work significantly closer to the practitioner. Highly recommAnded!" (Jack Mezirow, professor emeritus of adult education, Teachers College, Columbia University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787976682
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/14/2006
  • Series: The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 373,220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICIA CRANTON is professor of education and director of instructional development at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of Planning Instruction for Adult Learners and Working with Adult Learners.
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Table of Contents

1 Dimensions of adult learning 1
2 Transformative learning theory 19
3 A theory in progress 39
4 Transformation : the learner's story 57
5 Individual differences 79
6 Educator roles 101
7 Empowering learners 117
8 Fostering critical self-reflection and self-knowledge 135
9 Supporting transformative learning 159
10 The educator's transformative journey 181
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