Transformative Learning in Client Based Research Projects

Karl Robert Bruce Schmitt, Lissa Yogan, Adali Johnson


Using client based research projects can be a difficult but transformative learning experience in introductory courses. This essay incorporates three voices: a research client, a student, and the course instructor and explores the transformative learning of each. Each person shares the disorienting dilemmas he or she faced in a course that encouraged productive failure. Productive failure on a client-based research project as a feature of transformative learning is the innovative and key element of the introductory course. The shared dialogue among the client, student, and faculty member illustrates how transformative learning leads to better course design and enhanced student learning. 


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