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ERIC Number: EJ1077232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-3446
The Role of Rationality in Transformative Education
Arends, Jessica
Journal of Transformative Education, v12 n4 p356-367 Oct 2014
As scholars, we are responsible for examining the academic and pedagogical traditions from which our current approaches have developed. This includes the historical establishment of and reliance upon rationality which postmodernist scholarship argues unconsciously guides our educational motives and processes. Rationality is especially relevant to transformative education, as it constitutes the theoretical basis of reflection, the very bedrock of transformational learning. However, postmodernist scholarship criticizes rationality, as it falsely assumes the existence of universal truths; reflection may in fact undermine the very purpose of transformative learning reinforcing dominant paradigms and ways of thinking. This article sets forth the limitations seen as inherent in reflective practices within transformative education and offers alternative conceptualizations of rationality to provide possible directions forward. This is specifically relevant to the subfield of transformational service learning, an increasingly popular pedagogy in higher education today.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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