Transformative Learning Scholarship

A Transformative Look at Thinking — and at Teaching Students How to Think

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul’s new book, The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain (2021), argues for expanding our view of how thinking occurs. She does not minimize what the brain does brilliantly in enabling us to ideate, find patterns, and so on, but she does point out the brain’s limitations — […]

My Transformative Experience While Teaching

[Written by Therese Williams, PhD] As a mature white woman newly teaching at the university level, I have been afforded opportunities that were not frequently offered while I spent many years working in industry and government.  I have participated in numerous book groups sponsored by the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute (21CPI) at UCO and learned […]

Addressing Racial and Social Injustice

The Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL) includes the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute (21CPI), Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR), and Educators’ Leadership Academy (ELA). Collectively, we serve faculty and students at UCO and beyond. In times that underscore the ongoing need to not just denounce racism but to be anti-racist, CETTL, 21CPI, […]

A Call for Higher Education to Critically Reflect on the Coronavirus Disorientation

Economist Milton Friedman’s statement in an introduction to a reprint of his book, Capitalism and Freedom (originally published in 1962), has been often quoted: “Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.” The quote can […]

Transformative Development Necessary to Counter Technology’s Side Effects

4-year-old child (in a demanding voice) to ubiquitous electronic assistant: “Alexa, play music I like.” Alexa: “Can you be more specific?” 4-y-o child (angry voice): “You’re stupid, Alexa. Don’t you know anything?” Alexa: “I will try some music you may like.” (Tune from “Sesame Street” begins playing.) 4-y-o child (angry voice, now screaming): “You stupid, […]

This I Have Learned: Diversity of Reflections

Written by Linda Harris, Ed.D.; Associate Professor; Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations, & Research; UCO —  When it comes to assessing student transformation, providing students with one or more writing prompts that that enable them to effectively reflect on their learning and growth in a critical way is the gold standard—and with good reason! From […]

Mythos and Logos in Transformative Faculty’s Toolkits

Transformative Learning (TL) is an instructional approach well suited to helping prepare graduates for the new world of work, which Reich (2019) and others say is increasingly characterized by contingent contracts and a gig economy. TL helps students discover themselves via reflection, an important step toward being able to narrate themselves successfully when they’re required […]

Helping Learners Recognize Their Own Transformations: A Personal Story

Written by Jeff King, Executive Director, CETTL – What do you recognize now, years later, was a transformative understanding you came to, but which you did not realize at the time? We all have these. Sometimes we express them in a conversation with a colleague that begins something like, “You know, I didn’t realize it […]

Hacking the Transformative Experience

Written by Jeff King, Ed.D. – In Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal (2017) survey various fast-tracking methods to transformative experiences. It is little wonder in a fast-lane culture that humans, especially in a high-tech age, would […]

Visual Planning Tools for Transformative Learning, Change, and Innovation

Written by Bucky J. Dodd, Ph.D. – Introduction I recently had the privilege of working with a group of professionals who are focused on engaging members of an association. This group initially reached out for help with understanding their current strategic practices and determining how to build on their strengths. When we began working together, […]