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Stories of Transformative Learning

2014 - 138 pages

Michael Kroth (University of Idaho Boise, USA) and Patricia Cranton (University of New Brunswick, Canada)

ISBN Paperback: 9789462097896 ($ 43.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789462097902 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789462097919

Subject: Adult Education

Number 14 of the series: International Issues in Adult Education

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"This book is a treat for any educator who gets caught up in the daily grind of reporting, assessing, auditing and meeting deadlines that seems to be the norm in our adult education world. It both reminds us why adult education matters and why it can be so transformative. There is an engaging discussion of the practice of storytelling as learning. Here the writers emphasise the inclusivity of that learning so that both educators and learners can grow from the sharing of their stories." -- Lindee Conway, as reviewed in Fine Print, Vol 40 #1 2017

Stories of Transformative Learning is intended to encourage people to explore the potential for transformative learning in their lives, practices, and communities. This book illustrates the transformative learning process through ten stories of individuals from both inside and outside of the classroom.  Adult educators and adult learners will find the book to be personally insightful and professionally useful.

There have been many accounts of transformative learning experiences, but it is not often that we have the opportunity to hear first-hand personal stories of transformative learning.  Here, ten stories are told directly by the people who experienced them, with additional commentary from the authors.  These stories are intended to resonate with readers and to inspire people to create the conditions where transformative learning can occur in their lives and professional practice.

Storytelling is one way in which both educators and learners can understand the process of transformative learning. Telling stories, reading others’ stories, and contemplating our own stories all help us to become aware of alternative perspectives, a process that is at the heart of critical reflection and critical self-reflection, which is, in turn, central to transformative learning.

We hope to increase readers’ sense of agency and more self-directed, self-fulfilling lives. By demonstrating how others have examined and reconsidered otherwise hidden assumptions that constrained the quality and potential of their lives, we show readers how they may do the same.

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