Cooperative Inquiry as a Strategy for Facilitating Perspective Transformation
by The European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiten — January 28, 2002
This paper uses the lens of transformative learning theory to describe an empirical study of how people with the power and privilege conferred by White skin used cooperative inquiry as a self-directed learning strategy to change their consciousness and behavior. The research results are presented as a narrative analysis of one woman's transformation. Through Eleanor's own words, we trace her transformation from a "typical liberal" who evades consciousness about unequal power structures and examine how she adopts a broadened perspective in which she confronts her own "prejudiced thoughts" and becomes a leader in working for improved consciousness about diversity in the community college where she teaches.
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