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ERIC Number: EJ790797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Transformational Learning in Botswana: How Culture Shapes the Process
Merriam, Sharan B.; Ntseane, Gabo
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v58 n3 p183-197 2008
Transformational learning as presented by Jack Mezirow has been critiqued for its Western, rational, and cognitive orientation. This qualitative study was conducted in the African nation of Botswana and examines how that culture shaped the process. In-depth interviews were held with 12 adults who acknowledged having an experience that had profoundly changed their view of themselves and/or their perspectives on the world. Spirituality and the metaphysical world, community responsibilities and relationships, and gender roles are 3 culturally specific factors embedded in how participants constructed the meaning of their experience; these factors are also evident in their changed perspective. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Botswana