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Transformative Learning: Peripheral or Fundamental in Higher Ed Theory?

Kandlbinder and Peseta (2009) asked faculty and administrators for postgraduate certification courses in higher education teaching and learning what they consider to be the key concepts practitioners need to know about teaching well in college. In other words, if you want to earn a postgraduate certificate in higher education teaching and learning, what is the […]

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Student Comment as Disorienting Dilemma

Dr. Fernanda Duarte of the University of Western Sydney posits an interesting thesis: “Transformative learning as an antidote to cynicism” (Duarte, 2010). She teaches in the Business College and confronted her own “disorienting dilemma” (Mezirow, 1990, pp. 13-14) when a student in one of her classes said there was too much class time devoted to […]

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Transformative Instructor Talk

What do you say in class when you’re not talking about course content? If you can identify those conversations, would you say they might lead to a transformative experience for one or more students? In aggregate over the entire term, and sometimes even in the course of a single conversation, what we say when we’re […]

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Transformative Learning in the Bigger Picture – What, Why, & the Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR)

If you have been at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) for more than about six months, you have heard the term Transformative Learning. If you have been around for quite some time, you have heard the term on re-run repeatedly. If you are like me, you may have been thinking, “So what, so what now, […]

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A Professor’s Experience with STLR

Faculty involvement in STLR has amazing benefits for both faculty and students, but there are some issues that can be avoided through preparation. Here are the experiences of one faculty member who has implemented several STLR projects.   Over the past year, the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) has been implementing a Student Transformative Learning […]

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