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Title: Transformational Learners: Transformational Teachers
Contributor(s): Jones, Marguerite A (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2009v34n2.2Open Access Link
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Abstract: Transformational learning, according to Mezirow (1981), involves transforming taken-for-granted frames of reference into more discriminating, flexible 'habits of mind'. In teacher education, transformative learning impacts on the development of students' action theories, self-efficacy and professional attributes. Although considered imperative to reflective practice, not all students take a transformative, 'double-loop' approach to learning; reflexive and adaptive learning are also identifiable. This paper discusses the integration of the three learning approaches in the conceptualisation of LEARnT Theory (Jones, 2008), whereby Learning evolves as: Efficacy informs Actions, and Reflection impacts Theory building. LEARnT integrates reflexive, adaptive and transformative approaches. In Reflexive approaches, learning is restricted, action theories remain covert, efficacy remains stable and actions are automated. In Adaptive learning, reflection is 'single-loop' in nature; it involves the modification of concepts whilst maintaining existing schema; theories of action, efficacy and behaviours may alter. LEARnT theory provides a challenging paradigm for a larger study into teacher education student learning approaches.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 34(2), p. 15-27
Publisher: Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1835-517X
Field of Research (FOR): 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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