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


reviewed by John M. Dirkx — November 08, 2006

coverTitle: Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning: A Guide for Educators of Adults, 2nd Edition
Author(s): Patricia Cranton
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787976687 , Pages: 240, Year: 2006
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Over 25 years ago, Jack Mezirow (1978) used the term “perspective transformation” to describe the developmental process observed in women participating in college re-entry programs. In referring to a process now known simply as transformative learning, Mezirow was calling attention to the ways in which these women overcame dependency roles and relationships that were culturally induced and how their educational programs facilitated their growing self-confidence. Since publication of this report, the study of transformative learning has rapidly expanded to include hundreds of journal articles, scores of dissertations, numerous books, an international conference, a new scholarly journal, graduate courses and seminars, and even doctoral and masters degree programs specifically featuring transformative learning and transformative education. Patricia Cranton represents a significant contribution to the expansion and dissemination of this generative idea. In 1994, she published the first edition of the book under review here, a text that many regarded as a practical guide... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 08, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12832, Date Accessed: 4/29/2017 7:26:35 AM

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  • John Dirkx
    Michigan State University
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    JOHN M. DIRKX is Professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education and Director of the Michigan Center for Education and Work. His career has focused on the preparation and continuing professional development of educators in adult and higher education. Dirkx’s primary research reflects interests in the emotional, transformative, and spiritual dimensions of teaching and learning. He is the co-author of A Guide to Planning and Implementing Instruction for Adults: A Theme-based Approach. He also recently co-authored (with Julie Brockman) “Learning to become a machine operator: The dialogical relationship between context, self and content,” and “Musings and reflections on the meaning, context and process of transformative learning: A dialogue between John M. Dirkx and Jack Mezirow.” Current projects include a three year study of learning circle methodology as a means of fostering institutional change in teaching within a community college, and a project-based professional development project with Can Tho University in Can Tho, Vietnam. Dirkx is also co-editing a volume in the New Direction for Adult and Continuing Education series that focuses on emotion and adult learning.
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