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ERIC Number: EJ860786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Celebrating Disorienting Dilemmas: Reflections from the Rear View Mirror
Clark, Mavis
Adult Learning, v19 n3-4 p47-49 Sum-Fall 2008
A disorienting dilemma is related to a sense of loss of balance or normalcy complicated by a problem that seemingly has an unsatisfactory solution. According to Mezirow (1998), disorienting dilemmas are also connected to events that have been set into motion, causing a learner to engage in self-examination resulting from feelings emanating from an experience. This article presents the author's reflections on her disorienting dilemmas and discusses how her disorienting dilemmas have helped to shape and inform her philosophical belief and practice as an adult educator. The author concurs with Merriam (2004) who notes that it is because of these moments, learning can be transformative, ultimately leading one towards mature, autonomous and developed thinking. Here, the author shares two memories that are illustrative of what she struggled with as she worked to understand her new life as an adoptive parent of a twelve-year-old adolescent child.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A