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Innovations in Transformative Learning

Fisher-Yoshida, Beth / Geller, Kathy Dee / Schapiro, Steven A. (eds.)

Innovations in Transformative Learning

Space, Culture, and the Arts
Foreword by Stephen Brookfield

Series: Counterpoints - Volume 341

Year of Publication: 2009

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XII, 308 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0291-2 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.460 kg, 1.014 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book addresses the disparity between transformative learning theory as espoused and practiced in the classrooms of the academy, and its application beyond. It articulates new models of transformative education that integrate transformative learning theory with other models of change and development. The three editors and eleven contributors draw on both theory and practice to illustrate how transformative learning has been introduced to a variety of settings and cultures, and synergistically integrated with theories of communication, participatory action research, and communities of inquiry and practice. Organized around the themes of creating space for learning; looking though the lenses of culture, diversity, and difference; and animating awareness through the expressive and performative arts, this collection will broaden awareness and aid scholars, students, and practitioners in using transformative learning as an approach to adult learning and social and organizational change in a range of settings.

Contents

Contents: Stephen Brookfield: Foreword – Beth Fisher-Yoshida/Kathy D. Geller/Steven A. Schapiro: Introduction: New Dimensions in Transformative Education – Martin J. Leahy/M. Sue Gilly: Learning in the Space Between Us – Pamela Meyer: Learning Space/Work Space: Can We Make Room for Transformative Learning in Organizations? – Beth Fisher-Yoshida: Transformative Learning in Participative Processes That Reframe Self-Identity – Steven A. Schapiro: A Crucible for Transformation: The Alchemy of Student-Centered Education for Adults at Midlife – Steven A. Schapiro: Section 1 Summary: Creating Space for Transformative Learning – Charlyn Green Fareed: Culture Matters: Developing Culturally Responsive Transformative Learning Experiences in Communities of Color – Ann Davis: Socially Constructing a Transformed Self-view and Worldview – Ilene C. Wasserman/Placida Gallegos: Engaging Diversity: Disorienting Dilemmas That Transform Relationships – Kathy D. Geller: Transformative Learning Dynamics for Developing Relational Leaders – Kathy D. Geller: Section 2 Summary: Looking through the Lens of Culture, Difference, and Diversity – Annabelle Nelson: Storytelling and Transformational Learning – Adair Linn Nagata: Bodymindfulness for Skillful Use of Self – Tiffany von Emmel: Dreamscape: A Multimedia Collaboration Method – Hameed (Herukhuti) S. Williams: Black Mama Sauce: Embodied Transformative Education – Beth Fisher-Yoshida: Section 3 Summary: Animating Awareness Through the Expressive and Performative Arts – Beth Fisher-Yoshida/Kathy D. Geller/Steven A. Schapiro: Conclusion: Educating for Transformative Learning.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., is the Academic Director of the Masters of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and is on the faculty for the Continuing Education and the Social and Organizational Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is Managing Director of Fisher Yoshida International, a global consulting firm providing customized responses to organizational needs. Fisher-Yoshida is co-author of ‘Transnational Leadership Development’ (2009).
Kathy D. Geller, Ph.D., is Director of Organizational Effectiveness for Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, she lived in Asia for 10 years serving as Global Head of Management Development for Standard Chartered Bank and as Managing Director for Areté Leadership International. She has served as adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s Teachers College and Nova Southeastern University. Geller is co-author of ‘Transnational Leadership Development’ (2009).
Steven A. Schapiro, Ed.D., is a professor at Fielding Graduate University’s School of Human and Organization Development, where he coordinates the doctoral concentration in Transformative Learning for Social Justice, which brings together his interests in liberatory education, adult development, and social change. Among his publications are ‘«From andragogy to collaborative critical pedagogy»’, ‘Journal of Transformative Education’, 1(2), 2003; and ‘Higher Education for Democracy’ (Peter Lang, 1999).

Reviews

«This volume reclaims the idea of transformation for transformative learning! Through a thoughtful and exciting set of ideas and settings, the editors and authors create a collage that beautifully portrays the deep engagement that is transformative learning. It transcends the hallowed halls of academia and honors the potential for transformation that can often occur in other locations, among diverse learners, and through a variety of methods, including imaginative and extrarational approaches. This is a book that will redefine our understanding of the field.» (John Dirkx, Michigan State University; Author, ‘Transformative Learning and the Journey of Individuation’)
«This book promises to make an important contribution to bridging the theory of transformative learning with the power of its practice. It unites the sustenance of stories, the passion of spirit, the mind of theory, the drama of the arts, and the embodiment of action to make a practical impact for scholar practitioners trying to change themselves, their learning communities, and the social structures of the world for a sustainable future. It’s a must-read for transformative teachers and learners everywhere.» (Elizabeth Tisdell, Penn State University, Harrisburg; Author, ‘Exploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education’)

Series

Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. Vol. 341
General Editors: Joe L. Kincheloe and Shirley R. Steinberg