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ERIC Number: EJ847230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
Transformative Adult Learning Strategies: Assessing the Impact on Pre-Service Administrators' Beliefs
Brown, Kathleen M.
Educational Considerations, v32 n2 p17-26 Spr 2005
The purpose of this article is to explore the effects of an alternative, transformative andragogy, i.e., the art and science of helping others to learn, designed to be responsive to the challenges of preparing educational leaders committed to social justice and equity. Three aspects of Mezirow's (1990) Transformative Learning Theory, which in this article are described as centrality of experience, critical reflection, and rational discourse, are interwoven with eight adult learning strategies intended to increase pre-service administrators' awareness, acknowledgement, and action. In this study, qualitative research methods were used to assess the possible effects of transformative learning strategies on pre-service administrator's personal beliefs and future professional behaviors toward issues of justice in education. The strategies described are just one example of how one professor, the researcher and coordinator of the Master's in School Administration program, constructed three of her courses to promote such an agenda of social action. Results from the data analysis indicate that all 40 of the study participants did change in some form or fashion as a result of participating in the adult learning activities. While not all of the students' thinking, values and behaviors were transformed, every participant did find and express value in at least one off the eight strategies. By reflecting critically on their assumptions and beliefs and by completing the andragogical strategies described, many of the adult learners were able to adjust their "meaning schemes" and transform their perspectives. They enhanced their "emotional muscle" and began to appreciate their own agency. (Contains 1 table and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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