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: 12/18/2017 1:22:43 PM

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