Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A mixed methods study exploring transformative learning through a Christian discipleship process
by Lang, James A., Ed.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2014, 224; 3643227
Abstract (Summary)

This mixed-methods study investigated the transformative learning that occurred in the alumni of the 22-lesson Christian discipleship process called the Immersion Experience by Aphesis Group Ministries. Quantitative data was collected from a survey sent out to the 850 alumni. Deep interviews were conducted with 16 participants who had the additional prerequisite of being raised in a religiously confused home of origin. The transformative learning was examined through the theoretical framework of Mezirow's transformative learning theory. An additional lens was resistance to change. Argyris and Schon's theory of action developed the concept of double-loop learning. Their theory was extended by Kegan and Lahey's immunity-to-change perspective. The final lens was a synthesis of Brown's development of wholehearted living, Bowlby's Attachment Theory, positive psychology, and virtue ethics. This has been summarized as living wholeheartedly with virtue. The Immersion Experience seeks to help professing Christians evaluate their inner lives and discern the discrepancies between their espoused Christian beliefs (what they say they believe) and their theories-in-use (what they actually live out) in the attempt to bring them into alignment. The intent is to help believers be able to practically live out their Christian commitment each day of their lives.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Poe, E. Michael
Commitee: Maddix, Mark A., Webb, L. Kay
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Pastoral Counseling, Religious education, Spirituality
Keywords: Attachment theory, Discipleship, Emotion, Phenomenology, Resistance to change, Transformative learning
Publication Number: 3643227
ISBN: 978-1-321-30605-7
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