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Transformational Learning

  • By: Pamela D. McLean & Frederic M. Hudson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning
  • Edited by: Anna Distefano, Kjell Erik Rudestam & Robert J. Silverman
  • Subject:Online Learning & Distance Ed

In many circles, adult learning means getting trained for a new job or career. No one would argue that learning assists career development, but transformational learning is much more than ‘training,’ and it affects more than ‘career’ issues. The most important characteristics of transformational learning for adults, throughout their lives, include repurposing, ongoing individual development, and continuous preparation for the future.

Repurposing

Adult learning, at its best, is an inside-out process, developing in relation to one's deepest stirrings and dreams, which foster plans and decisions around a personal sense of life purpose. Purpose is a profound commitment to a compelling expectation, an expression of ultimate concerns and basic values. One's sense of purpose is not static. It changes and evolves throughout the adult lifecycle. There is ...

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