ERIC Number: ED476040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Learning-Within-Relationship as Context and Process in Adult Education: Impact on Transformative Learning and Social Change Agency.
The impact of adult learning-within-relationship on transformative learning and social change agency was explored in a descriptive case study of the learning experiences of 20 adults who identified themselves as significantly transformed by their participation in a doctoral program. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted to identify the learning processes and conditions that facilitated the changes acknowledged by the learners. A cross-case content analysis of the interviews revealed the following major themes: (1) transformation and identity; (2) learning-within-relationship; and (3) linking personal transformation to transformation in social change actions. The interviews demonstrated how learning-within-relationship emerges from and underscores nearly every learning experience recounted by the study participants and how it illuminated learning with others as both context and process as a key factor in critical reflection and transformative learning. The following key themes emerged as characterizing the context and process of learning within relationship: (1) relationships across differences of ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, and class that challenged existing frames of reference; (2) acknowledging and working with affect, compassion, and trust; (3) the role of the unique relationship between participant/learner and teacher; and (4) application of learners' new ways of knowing and learning to interactions in their social worlds. (Contains 18 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Adult Development, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Case Studies, Change Agents, Consciousness Raising, Critical Thinking, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Interviews, Learning Experience, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Participation, Self Concept, Social Change, Transformative Learning
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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