Transformative Learning: a research briefing

McEwen, Lindsey, Mason O'Connor, Kristine, Lynch, Kenneth ORCID: 0000-0002-5296-2864, Strachan, Glenn and Tilbury, Daniella (2009) Transformative Learning: a research briefing. Discussion Paper. University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.

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The term ‘Transformational Learning’ has been used in varied ways and with varied meanings. At its simplest, Transformational Learning is learning that takes learners’ knowledge and skills into a different or new domain, with a step jump in cognitive and affective processes. Theories of transformational learning (TL) have been described as ‘the process of making meaning of one’s experience’. Transformational learning is ‘unsettling’ in that it leads to questioning of accepted assumptions and views and to new ways of knowing and understanding. The focus of research into TL has been primarily on adult learners, with the concept of TL representing a major theme of research and theory building in adult education. This context setting summary provides a very quick entry to some of the background thinking and research in this area before the exploration of some key questions at our conference on ‘Researching TL’. • What does the academic and applied research to date tell us about the nature of TL? • How might we go about researching TL? • How might this research inform our approaches to pedagogy and practice in higher education? This introduction draws on several useful resources available on the web that provide research summaries and are listed on page 4.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: Prepared as a research briefing for a conference on transformative learning held at the University of Gloucestershire in June 2009.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transformative learning; Threshold concepts,
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Kenny Lynch
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2020 10:15
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:59

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