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Transforming Perspectives in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

A Dialogue

Authors: Formenti, Laura, West, Linden

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  • Interrogates the different meanings of how transformative learning can be understood
  • Addresses the question of how education should be provided once the context of school is removed
  • Emphasises the position of education as an end in itself rather than a 'product' to be obtained
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Winner of the AAACE Cyril O. Houle Award

This book constructs a deepening, interdisciplinary understanding of adult learning and imaginatively reframes its transformative aspects. The authors explore the tension at the heart of current understanding of ‘transformative’ adult learning: that while it can be framed as both easy and imperative, personal transformation is in fact rooted in the context in which we live, our stories and relationships.
At its core, transformation is never easy – nor always desirable – and the authors thus draw on interdisciplinary and auto/biographical inquiry to explore what it means to change our presuppositions and frames of meaning that guide our thinking. Using their linguistic, gendered, academic and cultural differences, the authors illuminate how the social, contextual, cultural, cognitive and psychological dimensions of transformation intertwine. In doing so, they emphasise the importance of transformation as a contingent struggle for meaning and recognition, social justice, fraternity, and the pursuit of truth.  This engaging book will be of interest to students and scholars of transformative learning and education.

About the authors

Laura Formenti is Professor of General Pedagogy and Director of the PhD programme “Education in Contemporary Society” at Milano Bicocca University, Italy. Her research uses autobiographic, cooperative and transformative methods to enhance critical thinking and dialogic collective transformation. Chair of the European Society for the Education of Adults (ESREA), she jointly convenes the Life History and Biography Research Network.
Linden West is Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. His research has focused, auto/biographically, on racism and fundamentalism, professionals in demanding social contexts, and young families in programmes like Sure Start. He helps coordinate the ESREA Network.

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“We highly recommend this book for readers who are hoping to learn more inclusive aspects of transformative learning theories and scrutinize transformation through different lenses. … the book encourages us to ponder on what it means to think and act like adults and what constitutes the capability and responsibility of adult education. This book will be a good read for those who seek to understand what adult education should look like in this troubled era.” (Hyunok Ryu, Adult Education Quarterly, February 13, 2020)

"This wide range of theoretical resources is a real strength of the book that challenged me to think carefully about my own assumptions." (Lyn Tett, Studies in the Education of Adults, May 22, 2019)


“A beautiful work in which Laura Formenti and Linden West invite us on a compelling pilgrimage of multiple perspectives of transformative learning. Much welcomed and needed exploration of one of the most generative concepts in adult learning! After reading this book, you can’t help but think and feel differently both about transformative learning as a theoretical concept and yourself as an active participate in this dialogue.  It’s a must read!” (Professor John Dirkx, Michigan State University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transforming Perspectives in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education
Book Subtitle
A Dialogue
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96388-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96388-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96387-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07183-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 323
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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