Spiraling into Transformative Learning

Spiraling into Transformative Learning

Patricia Cranton (Penn State University at Harrisburg, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0252-6.ch001
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Abstract

This paper explores how technical and vocational learning may spiral into transformative learning. Transformative learning theory is reviewed and the learning tasks of critical theory are used to integrate various approaches to transformative learning. With this as a foundation, the paper explores how transformative learning can be fostered in adult vocational education.
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Fragmentation Of Transformative Learning Theory

Some theorists, including Mezirow, focus on the individual, and others are interested in the social context of transformative learning, social change as a goal, or the transformation undergone by groups and organizations. Although this appears to be a great divide in theoretical positions, there is no reason that both the individual and the social perspectives cannot peacefully coexist; one does not deny the existence of the other, but rather they share common characteristics and can inform each other.

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