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Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning: A Guide for Educators of Adults

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In the second edition of her landmark book, Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning, Patricia Cranton helps translate theory to practice and guides readers through the many and varied new developments in transformative learning that have emerged in the decade since publication of the first edition.

As in the first edition, the book explains the transformative learning theory, describes the process from the learner's perspective, explores individual differences in transformative learning, presents strategies for fostering transformative learning, and discusses how adult educators themselves are transformative learners. The second edition of this important book draws on the most recent scholarship in adult education and contains information about new theoretical developments including the role of imagination and spirituality in transformation, the importance of affect in the process, the idea of connected knowing, contributions from critical theory, and a holistic model of transformative learning.

Throughout the book, Cranton offers illustrative examples of her strategies in action, clearly showing how adult educators in a wide variety of settings can use these techniques to improve their skills and practice.

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Cranton (adult education, Pennsylvania State U.; education, Columbia U.) presents an updated edition of her 1994 publication on transformative learning. As before the text explains transformative learning theory, describes the process from the learners' perspective, explores individual differences in transformative learning, presents practical strategies for its use, and discusses how adult educators themselves are transformative learners. The second edition incorporates recent theoretical developments in the role of imagination and spirituality, the importance of affect in the process, the idea of connected knowing, recent thoughts on critical theory, and Cranton's holistic model of transformative learning. For adult education practitioners and students, faculty members and graduate students in adult education departments, and professional developers in a variety of settings. Jossey-Bass is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In the second edition of her landmark book, Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning, Patricia Cranton helps translate theory to practice and guides readers through the many and varied new developments in transformative learning that have emerged in the decade since publication of the first edition. As in the first edition, the book explains the transformative learning theory, describes the process from the learner’s perspective, explores individual differences in transformative learning, presents strategies for fostering transformative learning, and discusses how adult educators themselves are transformative learners. The second edition of this important book draws on the most recent scholarship in adult education and contains information about new theoretical developments including the role of imagination and spirituality in transformation, the importance of affect in the process, the idea of connected knowing, contributions from critical theory, and a holistic model of transformative learning.

 

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Praise for Patricia Cranton

"Perceptive, provocative, and lucid, Patricia Cranton's clear and careful analysis and her down-to-earth examples of transformative learning concepts move my work significantly closer to the practitioner. Highly recommended!"

—Jack Mezirow, professor emeritus of adult education, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Patricia Cranton shows us how teachers and facilitators can and must be understood as adults engaged in transformative learning. By highlighting case studies of how individual educators learn about their practice, she helps us rethink the way professional development is conceived and conducted."

—Stephen Brookfield, distinguished professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

"Patricia Cranton has given us a book that is insightful and inclusive, practical as well as analytical. She provides a skillful integration of theory and practice about the complex issue of professional development for adult educators without denying that complexity or losing contextual concerns."

—Dorothy MacKeracher, professor of adult education, University of New Brunswick

About the Author

Patricia Cranton is visiting professor of adult education at The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, as well as adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches courses in transformative learning both online and in workshop format. She has been writing about, teaching, conducting research on, and giving workshops and invited addresses on transformative learning for more than a decade. Cranton is the author of numerous books including the first edition of Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning and Professional Development as Transformative Learning, both from Jossey-Bass.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.

About the Author.

1. Dimensions of Adult Learning.

2. Transformative Learning Theory.

3. A Theory in Progress.

4. Transformation: The Learner’s Story.

5. Individual Differences.

6. Educator Roles.

7. Empowering Learners.

8. Fostering Critical Self-Reflection and Self-Knowledge.

9. Supporting Transformative Learning.

10. The Educator’s Transformative Journey.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787976682
Author:
Cranton, Patricia
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Subject:
General
Subject:
Adult education
Subject:
Adult learning
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
Adult & Continuing Education
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
20060414
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.23x6.43x.89 in. 1.02 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the second edition of her landmark book, Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning, Patricia Cranton helps translate theory to practice and guides readers through the many and varied new developments in transformative learning that have emerged in the decade since publication of the first edition. As in the first edition, the book explains the transformative learning theory, describes the process from the learner’s perspective, explores individual differences in transformative learning, presents strategies for fostering transformative learning, and discusses how adult educators themselves are transformative learners. The second edition of this important book draws on the most recent scholarship in adult education and contains information about new theoretical developments including the role of imagination and spirituality in transformation, the importance of affect in the process, the idea of connected knowing, contributions from critical theory, and a holistic model of transformative learning.

 

"Synopsis" by , Praise for Patricia Cranton

"Perceptive, provocative, and lucid, Patricia Cranton's clear and careful analysis and her down-to-earth examples of transformative learning concepts move my work significantly closer to the practitioner. Highly recommended!"

—Jack Mezirow, professor emeritus of adult education, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Patricia Cranton shows us how teachers and facilitators can and must be understood as adults engaged in transformative learning. By highlighting case studies of how individual educators learn about their practice, she helps us rethink the way professional development is conceived and conducted."

—Stephen Brookfield, distinguished professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

"Patricia Cranton has given us a book that is insightful and inclusive, practical as well as analytical. She provides a skillful integration of theory and practice about the complex issue of professional development for adult educators without denying that complexity or losing contextual concerns."

—Dorothy MacKeracher, professor of adult education, University of New Brunswick

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