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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Narratives and imagination: The potential to unleash critical reflection skills in demonstration of transformation
by Hinrichsen, Bonnie Lee, Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 172; 3645822
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this case study was to qualitatively examine how narratives and imagination can be a source of transformative learning within adult Christian education. Participants in the study met the following criteria: (a) over the age of 25 and involved with normal life requirements; (b) capable of critical, reflective and problem solving thinking skills; and (c) currently involved with Christian education in their local United Methodist Church. Data were collected through both a pre- and post-interview, observations made during an eight week class, and through completed assignments. The results of this study indicated that an adult Christian education program that incorporated narrative, imagination, and critical reflection as teaching tools could impact the students in their spiritual transformation and assist them in implementing their faith into their everyday living. This study also confirms the complexity of the praxis aspect of transformative learning, and introduces the educator to myriad variables that pertain to adults and their ability to engage in transformative learning activities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Klimoski, Victor
Commitee: Boyd, Sandy, Carlson, Gregory
School: Capella University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Religious education
Keywords: Christian education, Critical reflection, Imagination, Narratives, Transformative learning
Publication Number: 3645822
ISBN: 978-1-321-35228-3
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