“What is transformational learning?” in this article it states, “transformation is a cognitive process that includes an examination of an adult’s thoughts, feelings, belief systems, and underlying assumptions. As an Instructional strategy, instructors may ask students to reflect on their belief systems and then challenge them to consider alternative views through discussions, self-assessments, and group problem solving”, (2016).
The educator’s role is to help foster transformative learning and some key components of engaging in this is to use group projects, role play, case studies ,simulations and storytelling. I will try and incorporate most of these strategies in the future if not all when I’m teaching. “The educator’s role is to establish an environment that builds trust and by demonstrating a willingness to learn and change.” as state in Wikipedia, (Transformative learning, 2016).
I have experienced being a student and an educator of the following strategies; engaging in critical reflection, peer learning, storytelling and dialogue. I believe these strategies are great tools in fostering learning. I read a journal online, where the writer asks himself, “How can I foster better transformative learning within my program?” (Journal, My Journey in PIDP, 2016). I reflected on this question and felt that one of my weaknesses was in fact one of my greatest strengths. Getting feedback from my fellow classmates made me realize the act of wearing my heart on my sleeve and letting the students see the real me. I want the students to embrace their emotions. This is a strength that I can use to make me a better teacher and them a better student.
Link to article: http://www.examiner.com/article/what-is-transformational-learning
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