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ERIC Number: EJ1086938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-3446
Creating Activating Events for Transformative Learning in a Prison Classroom
Keen, Cheryl H.; Woods, Robert
Journal of Transformative Education, v14 n1 p15-33 Jan 2016
In this article, we interpreted, in light of Mezirow's theory of transformative learning, interviews with 13 educators regarding their work with marginalized adult learners in prisons in the northeastern United States. Transformative learning may have been aided by the educators' response to unplanned activating events, humor, and respect, and being a role model, and counselor. Teachers presented activating events that they perceived as supporting resistant learners in altering their meaning schemes and revising their frames of reference. Administrators of educational programs for marginalized adult learners can help prison educators develop these pedagogical practices. Practitioners and researchers may wish to explore humor in restricted learning environments as well as the challenge mandatory prison classrooms present for the field of formal adult learning and transformative learning theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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