Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From Traditional to Experiential Education: The Transformative Experience of Teachers
by Fridari, I Gusti Ayu Diah, Ph.D., Sofia University, 2018, 187; 10786007
Abstract (Summary)

The aim of this research was to investigate the transformational experience of teachers who had training and experience with traditional education and then moved to an experiential teaching method as found in the One Earth School, Bali, Indonesia. The researcher conducted interviews with eight teachers and made observations of the teachers’ practices in the One Earth School. This study sought to answer the main research question: What was the transformative experience of teachers who moved from traditional to experiential forms of education? This primary research question was expanded to include sub-research questions that explored: How did an experiential educational method influence teacher practice, what were the barriers in transitioning to an education in experiential learning, how did the teachers address those barriers? The primary researcher used a multiple case study method. Six key themes emerged from this analysis, which were a sense of purpose, transformation of educational beliefs, experiences of transformative learning, sense of community, sense of intimacy, and self-transformation. The findings of this study provided data to support the theories and practices of transformative experiences for teachers who converted to this method. The experiences of teaching in the OES provided teachers impactful learning experiences that facilitated their transformation. The findings will provide a model for articulating and disseminating the transformative practices of educators as co-learners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elfers, John
Commitee: Netzer, Dorit, Rockenbach, Alyssa
School: Sofia University
Department: Residential Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Educator transformation, Experiential education, Indonesian education, Multiple case study, Transformative learning
Publication Number: 10786007
ISBN: 978-0-355-85960-7
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