ERIC Number: EJ1123939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reflections on the 12th International Transformative Learning Conference
Schapiro, Steven A.; Gallegos, Placida V.; Stashower, Keren; Clark, Donna F.
Journal of Transformative Education, v15 n1 p6-15 Jan 2017
This article is a reflective essay that explores the question: What can the content and experience of the conference tell us about the state of theory and practice in the field of TL; where is it today and where it may be going in the future? The 12th International Transformative Learning Conference (ITLC) held October 19-23 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA was an opportunity to engage with this question and observe the emergence of some useful answers. The conference brought together 250 participants from 25 countries around the theme: "Meeting at intersections of places for transformative learning". Presenters offered rich interaction of TL and Intersectionality through various symposia, presentations and experiential learning sessions that showed the application, development and potential evolution of TL. Open Space Technology was use to engage with this diverse community around the practice, theory, and future of TL. The attendees experienced different forms of TL practices and theory. The authors of this paper relied on their experience as co-chairs and presenters of the Conference, as well as faculty, alum and student of Fielding Graduate University to reflect on the main themes of intersections and intersectionality found in the content of the symposia, presentations, and experiential sessions. We found five main themes of intersections: between various theories and disciplines; between body, mind, and spirit as aspects of the self; between the self and social and political contexts in which it is embedded; between self and others in the engagement with difference; and between forms of transformative practice. In our closing comments and reflections, we addressed whether or not the conference was enough of a "holding space" for transformation to take place. We noted that there was a noticeable "call" from conference attendees for TL theory and practice to extend beyond individual and group support to the society and its social and systemic challenges.
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Transformative Learning, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Educational Benefits, Educational Innovation
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