A&O WORD – TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

 

ART and ORGANISM

WORD

THE TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

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ALL learning transforms the organism to some extent. 

But some learning experiences go beyond mere KNOWING to a deeper sense of REALIZING

THESE are TRANSFORMATIVE

 

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The transformative learning experience is recognized when course content is realized beyond mere knowing.  A realization that is owned by the student in ways that enable its creative applicability in other contexts. The difficulty is in the fact that meaning for us and for each individual student are never exactly the same. But as teachers we can launch students into the world where they can grab hold of the abstract knowledge we want them to realize by finding, in their own depths, the ties that bind content to life and foster a life of creative connections. Enabling students to do this is an aspect of the true teacher’s self-actualization, “their greatest legacy.”(adapted from Chap 2 of The Phenomenological Heart of Teaching and Learning (Routledge 2019) Chap 2, p.29; and see Greenberg et al. 2015 (key Powerpoint slide accompanying lecture below)

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CONCEPT CLUSTER:

  • CONNECTIONS CREATE, CONNECTIONS CHANGE(Phenomena have MEANING to the extent they are CONNECTED)
  • CHANGE (all change involves connections and all changes in connections involve STRESS; the balance between disintegration and renewal))
  • TEACHING/LEARNING(learning involves coping with STRESS; resolving cognitive dissonance; error detection and correction))
  • THE TEACHABLE MOMENT(learning is a continual process, punctuated with episodes of awareness)
  • TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING(some learning experiences are deeply affecting and we move from KNOWING to REALIZING)