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ERIC Number: ED534249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 143
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-7999-4
Soul Work: A Phenomenological Study of College English Professors
Ashby, Sjon F.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
English teachers can encourage writing that opens college students to transformative learning through what John Dirkx called soul work. This soul work involves the conscious attempt to bring to the surface myths, images, and metaphors from the unconscious through imaginative writing and thinking processes. Participants in this study engaged in personal interviews through which they answered the main research questions about the activities most useful for soul work inside and outside their classrooms and the results of their soul work experience. Through phenomenological methodology, the lived experiences of six community college English teachers yielded valuable results that seemed to connect soul work with transformative learning theory. Following the theoretical foundations of Carl Jung, James Hillman, and Thomas Moore, soul work occurs in English classes when, according to the participants of this study, teachers and students enter a Calling, Movement, and Response relationship. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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