CFP: Transformative Learning Theory and Praxis-New and Old perspectives


Transformative Learning Theory and Praxis:

New and Old perspectives


24 April 2017

Institute of Academic Development, University of Edinburgh


Call for Papers

Transformative Learning was introduced in 1978 by Jack Mezirow and is defined as the process by which we transform problematic frames of reference (mindsets, habits of mind, meaning perspectives) to make them more inclusive, discriminating, open, reflective and emotionally open to change. The two major elements of Transformative Learning are critical reflection or critical self-reflection on an individual’s (problematic) assumptions and participation in a constructive discourse towards critical thinking.  The contribution of adult education in the latter is crucial.

Over the past few decades the theoretical framework of Transformative Learning has been rapidly developing. Adult educators and academics in Europe have formed communities, within which they are developing the theory and practice of Transformative Learning. At the same time, there is an increased interest in bringing togetherTransformative Learning with other research fields, leading to interdisciplinary approaches. The aim of this workshop is to contribute to the theoretical framework of Transformative Learning Theory, as well as to enrich its applications within various educational settings.

We invite proposals for presentations of no longer than 20 minutes on any of the following subjects.

  • Theoretical questions on Transformative Learning
  • Transformational educational practices
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to Transformative Learning 

This list is by no means exhaustive, and other perspectives on Transformative Learning will be considered.

Papers must be in English, 20 minutes long with a round table following each session. Abstracts of ca. 250 words should be sent to one of the organizers by 20 February 2017.

Confirmed speakers: Ted Fleming (Columbia), Knud Illeris (Copenhagen), Alexis Kokkos (Hellenic Open University).



Effie Kostara (Hellenic Open University):

Daphne Loads (University of Edinburgh):

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