Transformative learning in higher education: a pedagogy for individual and social change

Jones, Peter (2017) Transformative learning in higher education: a pedagogy for individual and social change. In: [Presented at the 2017 Conference on Teaching Excellence] (1) pp. 96-105. From: 2017 Conference on Teaching Excellence: effective teaching methods to facilitate student deep learning, 26 April 2017, Beijing, China.

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Abstract

Transformative learning theory has emerged as a major approach in the field of adult learning, and one which is being employed in a range of disciplines in both formal and informal educational settings. This pedagogical approach is of particular interest to educators concerned with the ways in which adult learning may lead to profound personal growth and social change. In this presentation, Dr Peter Jones will outline the major features of transformative learning theory and discuss some of the ways in which the theory has been developed and enhanced since its original formulations. This discussion will draw on the work of American educational theorist Jack Mezirow, who is generally regarded as the primary developer and spokesperson for transformative learning theory. The work of subsequent researchers and practitioners who have sought to develop the theory in particular and unique directions, including approaches with Jungian, ecozoic and spiritual emphases will also be discussed.

Dr Jones will then discuss the ways in which transformative learning theory has been developed and employed in education for social work at an Australian university. Drawing on his own teaching practice, he will present some examples of teaching and assessment strategies designed to facilitate student transformation. Finally, referring specifically to the findings of a recent research project, Dr Jones will assess the potential for this pedagogical approach to lead to profound shifts in individuals’ worldviews, and the ways in which such individual transformation may be related to broader social change.

Item ID: 48846
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
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Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 23:25
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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