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    Developing the Theory of Perspective Transformation: Continuity, Intersubjectivity, and Emancipatory Praxis

    Hoggan, Chad and Mälkki, Kaisu and Finnegan, Fergal (2017) Developing the Theory of Perspective Transformation: Continuity, Intersubjectivity, and Emancipatory Praxis. Adult Education Quarterly, 67 (1). pp. 48-64. ISSN 0741-7136

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    Mezirow’s theory of perspective transformation has proved to be a great asset to the scholarship of adult education and has provided a solid theoretical base for understanding complex learning phenomena. However, in the discussions surrounding Mezirow’s work, a certain “stuckness” appears which we think is unproductive. Critiques of Mezirow are often repeated, secondhand or thirdhand, causing important issues and tensions to become simplified and dichotomized, which causes complex aspects of the theory to lose the nuance that a good theory provides. This article draws on recent contributions to the literature in order to elaborate on the theory of perspective transformation in light of these recurring critiques. In so doing, we introduce three key concepts to the lexicon of perspective transformation: continuity, intersubjectivity, and emancipatory praxis. For each, we address the underlying omission or weakness in Mezirow’s theory and offer revised conceptualizations of the theory.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: perspective transformation; transformative learning; theory;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 11134
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    Depositing User: Fergal Finnegan
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 13:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Adult Education Quarterly
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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