ERIC Number: ED472072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
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Trigger Event Meets Culture Shock: Linking the Literature of Transformative Learning Theory and Cross-Cultural Adaptation.
Lyon, Carol R.
The literature on transformative learning theory and the literature on cross-cultural adaptation were analyzed to identify links between both bodies of literature. The notion of an unexpected phenomenon that influences individuals residing in an unfamiliar culture was shown to be a common thread linking the two bodies of literature. Transformative learning theory called this phenomenon a trigger event, whereas cross-cultural adaptation theory called it culture shock. Eight studies combining both fields were identified. The eight studies differed from one another from the following standpoints: (1) their purpose; (2) the need for the study; (3) the criteria used to select participants; (4) their methodology, and (5) the length of the sojourn in the host culture. The eight studies shared several important similarities as follows: (1) they all referred to disorienting dilemmas that sparked a perspective transformation; (2) the use of nonreflective thinking or reflective thinking was pertinent to each study; (3) they all indicated that cross-cultural learning involved some aspect of transformation; and (4) they all discussed the role of supporting relationships within the context of transformative learning theory. The importance of identifying other theories and bodies of literature with relevance to transformative learning theory was emphasized. (20 references) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adoption (Ideas), Adult Education, Adult Learning, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Context, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Conflict, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Intergroup Relations, Learning Theories, Life Events, Linking Agents, Literature Reviews, Postsecondary Education, Research Design, Research Methodology, Theory Practice Relationship, Transformative Learning
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