ERIC Number: EJ1077231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Becoming Other-Wise: Transforming International Service-Learning through Nurturing Cosmopolitanism
Bamber, Philip M.
Journal of Transformative Education, v13 n1 p26-45 Jan 2015
This article explores the potential of pedagogical approaches such as International Service-Learning (ISL) to cultivate a cosmopolitan orientation. Founded upon the premise that conceptualisations of transformative learning must be expanded upon to account for the interaction and balance between epistemological and ontological aspects of learning, it seeks to illuminate the barriers that inhibit the transformative nature of such experiences. A group of conditions, processes, and resultant dispositions for cosmopolitan learning are identified as being particularly useful for interpreting the ongoing experience of ISL for 27 students across a range of locations. This framework is exemplified here to develop an understanding of cosmopolitan learning as a transformative process of becoming other-wise: A form of engagement that is fundamentally holistic and relational with a distinct moral dimension. Although ISL has the potential to nurture cosmopolitanism, evidence is presented of a number of factors that tend to militate against this.
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Service Learning, Cultural Pluralism, Barriers, Global Approach, International Education, Citizenship, Ethics, College Students, Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Student Experience, Problem Solving, Study Abroad, Well Being, Interviews, Structured Interviews, Observation, Phenomenology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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