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ERIC Number: ED546419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 345
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2676-6107-4
From Transmission to Transformation: An Exploration of Education for Holistic Transformation in Selected Christian and Public Universities in Kenya
Ntamushobora, Faustin
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
This exploratory study investigated the impact of learning experiences on the intellectual, spiritual and community lives of Kenyan alumni who have graduated from master's programs in Christian and public universities in Kenya between June 2006 and 2010. A purposive sample of twenty-three graduates from four universities was used to collect data through semi-structured interviews, and through NVivo9 software data was coded and analyzed. The unifying theme that best explained education for holistic transformation seemed to be the phrase, "Eureka by the Great Other through the other and written material and for the other." Twenty-one of the twenty-three respondents pointed out that the Holy Spirit was the author of their intellectual, spiritual and behavioral transformation. The Holy Spirit sends light to one's inner eyes so that one is able to see what he or she could not see before. The light that the person receives empowers him or her to empower others by helping change their old perspectives and serving them in various ways. Intellectually, the findings revealed that transformation took place in the lives of the graduates due to a change in perspective, achieved through critical thinking and expanded understanding. Spiritually, their learning experiences expounded their faith, and made them mature as Christians so that they could tolerate differences in faith and strengthened their theological positions. Behaviorally, the respondents' learning experiences enhanced their skills to do their jobs well and to serve people in their communities. "The other" was stated to be both the means and the reason for transformation. As means of transformation, "the other" could be familiar people such as professors and colleagues, unfamiliar people such as guest speakers, self-introspection, or the Holy Spirit speaking to the person. Some participants, however, indicated that transformation took place in their lives through reading written material or encountering academic facts. As reason for transformation, respondents stated that their transformation was geared toward helping others change their perspective and serving them in their communities. Concerning curriculum, graduates from both Christian and public universities expressed their concern to see education in Africa employ relevant and contextualized teaching methods and material. [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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Identifiers - Location: Kenya