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ERIC Number: EJ875137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Measuring the Importance of Precursor Steps to Transformative Learning
Brock, Sabra E.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v60 n2 p122-142 2010
Transformative learning has been important in the development of adult education since Jack Mezirow proposed it more than 35 years ago as a theoretical description of the steps learners undergo in changing their worldviews. However, despite much qualitative research, little quantitative study has been made of the incidence of transformative learning or the 10 steps predicted by Mezirow to precede it. This study of 256 undergraduate business school students reports the incidence of transformative learning and each of the 10 precursor steps. The more steps respondents remembered experiencing, the more they also reported transformative learning. The highest incidence of reporting transformative learning was associated with the precursor step of "critical reflection," followed by the steps of "disorienting dilemmas" and "trying on new roles." Implications for practitioners and researchers are discussed. (Contains 11 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A