Transformative Learning Theory

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Edward W. Tayor and Patrica Cranton 's textbook: The Handbook of Transformative learning, Research and Practice contains an amalgamation of theories that has been amassed by an ecumenical panel of scholar over the years. In Chapter 1, the writers lay out a vast array of theories and reflect on assumptions that are perceived by way of personal experiences and early learned social behavior. Transformative learning therefore is a fluid process that examines, challenges, questions and later revises perceptions. The process or discovery and evolving revision is the function of transformative learning. The authors also state that the core of transformative learning theory is based on constructivist, humanism and critical social theory.…show more content…
So I would say being a pastor or church leader is the epitome of transformative learning. Throughout the Chapter I the authors make reference to Mezirow 's (1991) Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning and Fostering Critical Reflections in Adulthood (Mezirow and Associates.) These earlier textbooks weighed heavily upon psychotherapy, psychology, sociology and philosophy. It is Mezirow that opines that meaning exists within the individual person rather than in an external form such as a book. And the meaning we develop is crafted and shaped by human interaction and experience.

Just as the author states for a church to develop new thinking and a new approach they have to be taught through interaction and experience. If their experience is not a favorable one and there is not a general spiritual and human consensus then the leader applying transformative theories to further develop and improve the church must reassess. Ultimately because humanism is involved in this process church leaders must also be resolved to the fact that not everyone 's perception will be the same, and therefore makes the transformative learning process a very arduous tool of
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It is difficult for most people to be totally transparent even in a church setting, self-worth, self-esteem and fear of embarrassment are enough to make people internalize their emotions and problems. This is what has become known as the cognitive norm that exists in the anti-social society and culture we are currently living in today. This I feel is what further fuels humanity 's ability to go unseen and remain anonymous; without ever addressing the issues encapsulated within our own fragile identity.

The author states, that by journaling an individual can begin to express the activities of the heart and start the process of becoming informed by what is known as the imaginal method in psychology circles. This method is a form of emotional exploration of interactions, relationships, and ideas. The ultimate goal of the imaginal method is to become aware of those inner suppressed emotions that affect relationships and perception. Utilizing this process, an individual would then reflect on ideas and thoughts that have been captured during the free-write period of journaling. Quite often what is revealed can be quite surprising and transforming at the same
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