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Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning: A Guide for Educators of Adults
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 learn ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 4th 1994 by Jossey-Bass
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This fit the bill for questions about Mezirow’s theory and practical methodology for promoting transformation. It also expanded on questions of why some adults do not experience transformation even when the conditions are in place.
I think this book inspired me more than anything has in a long time. It made me think and made me change the way I teach. The book is interesting and informative, and still it contains great depth and wisdom. For anyone who works with adult learners, I want to say, "Find this book! It is fascinating."
Overall, I enjoyed Cranton's book. She has a readable, accessible style and she does a handy job at integrating her discussion of theory and practice. As an outsider to adult education who finds kinship with transformative learning for many reasons, it's nice to find a primer with both heft and practicality.
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