An Extended Epistemology for Transformative Learning Theory and Its Application Through Collaborative Inquiry
by Elizabeth Kasl & Lyle Yorks — January 27, 2002
This paper extends Jack Mezirow's theory about the transformative dimensions of adult learning. Drawing on John Heron's conceptualization of how learning is grounded in feelings and emotion, the authors suggest that transformation be understood as changed habits of being. Collaborative inquiry, a methodology based on an epistemology rooted in experience and dependent on relationship, is presented as an effective strategy for facilitating learning and transformative learning. Three cases of collaborative inquiry projects are presented.
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