ERIC Number: EJ1077245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Student-Centered Transformative Learning in Leadership Education: An Examination of the Teaching and Learning Process
Haber-Curran, Paige; Tillapaugh, Daniel W.
Journal of Transformative Education, v13 n1 p65-84 Jan 2015
Innovative and learner-centered approaches to teaching and learning are vital for the applied field of leadership education, yet little research exists on such pedagogical approaches within the field. Using a phenomenological approach in analyzing 26 students' reflective narratives, the authors explore students' experiences of and process of learning within a student-centered and inquiry-focused leadership capstone course. The process of this transformative learning experience is represented in five themes, which include the following: (1) challenging mental models of learning, (2) building trust, (3) finding freedom and empowerment, (4) deepening commitment to learning, and (5) reframing learning and self. Additionally, the students' approach to learning changed throughout the course, shifting from dependence/independence toward interdependence. Implications for the use of this pedagogy and areas for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Transformative Learning, Instructional Innovation, Student Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, Trust (Psychology), Cognitive Processes, Self Concept, Cognitive Style, Student Centered Curriculum, Problem Based Learning, Feminism, Race, Critical Theory, Course Descriptions, Phenomenology, Undergraduate Students, Freedom, Empowerment, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
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