ERIC Number: EJ1077237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Soul Work: Call, Movement, and Response
Ashby, Sjon F.
Journal of Transformative Education, v11 n1 p26-44 Jan 2013
English teachers encourage writing that opens college students to transformative learning through soul work as John Dirkx describes and develops the concept of soul work in his theory of transformative learning. This soul work involves the conscious attempt to bring to the surface myths, images, and metaphors from the unconscious through imaginative writing and thinking processes. Participants in this study engage in personal interviews through which they answer questions about the activities most useful for soul work inside their classrooms and the results of their soul work experiences. Through phenomenological methodology, the lived experiences of six community college English teachers yield valuable results that connect holistic learning, soul work, and transformative learning theory. Soul work occurs in English classes when, according to the participants of this study, teachers and students enter a call, movement, and response relationship.
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, English Instruction, Two Year Colleges, College Faculty, Holistic Approach, Spiritual Development, Interviews, Imagination, Creativity, Thinking Skills, College Students, Figurative Language, Metacognition, Dialogs (Language), Questioning Techniques, Misconceptions, Consciousness Raising, Change Strategies, Student Development, Writing Assignments
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Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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