How can we change who we are?
Transformative Learning theory says that the process of “perspective transformation” has three dimensions:
- psychological – changes in understanding of the self
- convictional – revision of belief systems
- behavioral – changes in lifestyle
Elias Dean says: Transformative learning is the expansion of consciousness through the transformation of basic worldview and specific capacities of the self; transformative learning is facilitated through consciously directed processes such as appreciatively accessing and receiving the symbolic contents of the unconscious and critically analyzing underlying premises. (Elias, Dean, “It’s time to change our minds: An introduction to transformative learning”, ReVision, Vol. 20, No. 1, 1997.)
Jack Mezirow says: An important part of transformative learning is for individuals to change their frames of reference by critically reflecting on their assumptions and beliefs and consciously making and implementing plans that bring about new ways of defining their worlds. This process is fundamentally rational and analytical. (Mezirow, Jack, 1997, “Transformative Learning: Theory to Practice”. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 74, 5–12)
Transformative Learning Impulses
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