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ERIC Number: ED550050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 131
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2671-8228-9
Transformational Learning and First-Generation Nontraditional Learners
Ellis, Elleen E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Adults who have a change in perspective of their view of life and use this new meaning to question prior beliefs and assumptions are said to have experienced perspective transformation. This study examined survey results from participants to investigate whether perspective transformation changes occurred through influences from college courses, activities, or life experiences. In this mixed-methods research design, the analyzed data consisted of responses on the Learning Activities Survey (King, 1997), and one-on-one follow-up interviews. The SPSS statistical package was used to obtain the frequencies of the responses and load those frequencies to calculate and distribute categorical variables. The results indicate that the three areas investigated through the survey are contributing factors which aided in the transformational process. Survey questions collected data on participants who revealed they had experienced an educational transformation (50%) that made them question prior beliefs, values, and opinions, resulting in a transformation of perspective. The data will contribute to the literature on transformational learning and how adults use experiences to drive their transformations. This study will also aid in the ongoing discussion of the relevance of transformational learning within adult education. The data may assist institutions of higher learning understand how influences from college courses, activities, and life's experiences aid in the transformational process. This data will help to improve curriculum and train facilitators on the importance of transformational learning, specific adult-learner experiences, and how they enrich the lives of the learners. [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: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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