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ERIC Number: ED476040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Learning-Within-Relationship as Context and Process in Adult Education: Impact on Transformative Learning and Social Change Agency.
Barlas, Carole
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)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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