Transformational Learning: A Literature Review and Call Forward

Joseph DeSapio

Abstract


A gap exists within transformational learning theory between theoretical construct and practical application. Recent critical literature of transformational learning theory is marked by four trends related to this problem: alternative conceptions, the target area, identity, and a lack of practical discussion of applied theory. A survey of transformational learning theory’s origins, as well as recent trends in critical literature, demonstrate a bridging of the gap, yet not entirely. Suggestions are made for further study in attempt to close the gap entirely.

Keywords: Transformational Learning, Transformative Education, Mezirow, Literature Review, Critique, Critical Reflection, Identity, Practice, Spirituality, Story, Justice, Equality, Race.


Keywords


Transformational Learning, Transformative Education, Mezirow, Literature Review, Critique, Critical Reflection, Identity, Practice, Spirituality, Story, Justice, Equality, Race.

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