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Getting Smart to do Good: Transformative Learning Experiences of Expeditionary Learning Graduates
by Logan, Rosemary, Ph.D., Prescott College, 2013, 225; 3568468
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explores the confluence between transformative learning (TL), education for sustainability (EfS), and Expeditionary Learning (EL). The researcher has studied the experiences of EL graduates from three high schools and asked the question: does participation in an EL high school result in transformative learning? If so, what are the elements that compose this (or series of) transformative learning experience(s) and what learning structures within EL specifically support TL? These transformative learning experiences include changes in identity, paradigmatic or mental modal change, and/or behavior change. Lastly, the research reveals sustainability-supportive qualities of graduates that emerge from the transformative learning experiences. Results from the research indicate there are three learning realms from which students experienced transformative learning experiences. These realms included: community, academic challenge in the real world, and deep experience of people and place. The research uses grounded theory as the overarching methodology to study data from an exploratory case study, as well as to guide the data collection and interpretation process. Objectives for this study were threefold: 1. Increase understanding of the impact of EL practices on its graduates, with specific emphasis placed on transformative learning experiences; 2. Investigate the process of transformative learning 3. Understand the relationship between EL graduates' TL experiences and sustainability-supportive qualities of graduates

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Medrick, Rick
Commitee: Owens, Stephanie, Roberts, Jay, Smith, Greg
School: Prescott College
Department: Education / Sustainability Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Secondary education
Keywords: Education for sustainability, Expeditionary learning, Sustainability education, Transformative learning, Transformative sustainability learning
Publication Number: 3568468
ISBN: 978-1-303-22994-7
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