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ERIC Number: ED546450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 437
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2676-6104-3
Transformative Learning Experiences of Juniors and Seniors at a School of Education in a Christian University in Indonesia
Gunawaty, Tjioe
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Helping students learn specific knowledge content is an important element involved in education. However, Christian universities are called not merely to fill their students' minds with facts, but to promote life transformation to better reflect the mind and character of Christ. The concern is that research on transformative learning in the context of Christian universities in Indonesia is still lacking. The present study contributes valuable insights into the transformative learning experiences of juniors and seniors in a school of education at a Christian university in Indonesia. The goal of the study was to help adult educators better understand the nature of the participants' transformative learning experiences and the aspects of university life that had either fostered or hindered their transformative learning process. This study employed a phenomenographic qualitative research approach, and in-depth interview was used as the data collection method, which allowed participants to freely share their experiences. The research findings showed that the participants experienced transformative learning in their perspectives about their "self," "life," "education," "God," "Christian living," and "people". Six themes reflecting the aspects of university life that had impacted the students' transformative learning process were "transformational posture," "transformational relationships," "transformational pedagogy," "transformational spaces," "transformational emotional events," and "transformational activities." The participants' experiences indicated holistic transformation as represented by these key terms: "truth" and "teaching," reflecting the spiritual dimension; "talk" and "trust", reflecting the relational dimension; "think", portraying the cognitive dimension; and "touched," describing the emotional dimension of transformative learning. Implications and recommendations for holistic transformation in educational practices, especially in Christian universities, are proposed. The study was concluded with suggestions for future research related to research methods, samples, and new research questions. [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: Indonesia