1st Edition

Transformative Learning Theory and Praxis New Perspectives and Possibilities

    264 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Transformative Learning Theory and Praxis examines the multi-faceted nature of transformative learning and transformation theory including its merits, restrictions, and possibilities, and presents carefully chosen international case studies and theoretical approaches that enrich the application of the theory within a wide variety of educational settings.

    By including new approaches to transformative learning theory, this book provides examples and teaching approaches coming from a variety of disciplines, including higher education, arts, classics, new technologies, and academic development. It bridges the gap between theory and practice to help teachers and adult educators embed potentially transformational techniques in the curriculum. Based on in-depth research, this key title provides a means of measuring and documenting transformative outcomes in qualitative studies of high impact learning experiences, and raises new questions and opportunities for the future development of the field.

    Transformative Learning Theory and Praxis is a must-read text for anyone interested in the research behind, and applications of, transformative learning and transformation theory, including researchers, students, and policy-makers in the field.

    Knud Illeris

    Effrosyni Kostara, Daphne Loads

    Theory: Social dimension of transformation

    Chapter 1 Mezirow’s Theory of Transformative Learning: In dialogue with Honneth’s critical theory
    Ted Fleming

    Chapter 2 On the feminist origins of Transformative Learning Theory
    Alessandra Romano

    Theory: Developments and Possibilities

    Chapter 3 Transformation and Stoic pedagogy in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales
    Andreas Gavrielatos

    Chapter 4 Traces of Transformation Theory in Ancient Greek Tragedy
    Effrosyni Kostara

    Chapter 5 Transformative learning to solve the impossible: Edge emotions and intuition in expanding the limitations of our rational abilities
    Kaisu Mälkki, Asta Raami

    Praxis: In and Beyond Education

    Chapter 6 Transformation of assumptions through the use of art: Activating an educational method
    Alexis Kokkos

    Chapter 7 Behind the cotton wool…: knowing and transformation through aesthetic reflexivity
    Gaia Del Negro

    Chapter 8 Splitting the Lark: Semantic Levity and Transformative Learning
    Daphne Loads

    Praxis: Transforming Higher Education

    Chapter 9 Cultivating authentic professional identities through transformative higher education: An application of Mezirow’s comprehensive theory of adult learning
    Carolin Kreber

    Chapter 10 Click here for Transformation: Examining a course for Graduate Teaching Assistants around technology-enhanced learning through the lens of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory
    Sarah Moore, Rachel Bovill

    Chapter 11 High Impact Learning in Higher Education: Operationalizing the Self-Constructive Outcomes of Transformative Learning Theory
    Kris Acheson, John M. Dirkx, Craig N. Shealy

    Praxis: Further applications

    Chapter 12 A practice-based view of transformative learning. The case of a craft organisation
    Francesca Bracci, Alessandra Romano, Victoria Marsick

    Reflections Living theory in transforming times
    Fergal Finnegan


    Effrosyni Kostara is Adjunct Lecturer at the Hellenic Open University, Greece, and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is also a Research Associate at the Institute of Education Policy, Greece, responsible for the training of school teachers.

    Andreas Gavrielatos is Lecturer in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Reading, UK, and a Research Associate at the Institute of Classical Studies, London, UK.

    Daphne Loads has professional qualifications in counselling and social work and was until recently an academic developer in the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh, UK.