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ERIC Number: EJ1124104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Developing the Theory of Perspective Transformation
Hoggan, Chad; Mälkki, Kaisu; Finnegan, Fergal
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v67 n1 p48-64 Feb 2017
Mezirow's theory of perspective transformation has proved to be a great asset to the scholarship of adult education and has provided a solid theoretical base for understanding complex learning phenomena. However, in the discussions surrounding Mezirow's work, a certain "stuckness" appears which we think is unproductive. Critiques of Mezirow are often repeated, secondhand or thirdhand, causing important issues and tensions to become simplified and dichotomized, which causes complex aspects of the theory to lose the nuance that a good theory provides. This article draws on recent contributions to the literature in order to elaborate on the theory of perspective transformation in light of these recurring critiques. In so doing, we introduce three key concepts to the lexicon of perspective transformation: continuity, intersubjectivity, and emancipatory praxis. For each, we address the underlying omission or weakness in Mezirow's theory and offer revised conceptualizations of the theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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