Learning Toward an Ecological Consciousness
Essays on Theory and Praxis
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Learning Toward an Ecological Consciousness by Edmund O'Sullivan
Book DescriptionTransformative learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in the basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is a shift of consciousness that dramatically and permanently alters our way of being in the world. Such a shift involves our understanding of ourselves and our self-locations; our relationships with other humans and with the natural world; our understanding of relations of power in interlocking structures of class, race and gender; our body awarenesses; our visions of alternative approaches to living; and our sense of possibilities for social justice and peace and personal joy. The editors of this collection make several challenges to the existing field of transformative learning - the first is to theoreticians, who have attempted to describe the nature of transformative learning without regard to the content of transformative learning. The editors argue that transformative learning theory cannot be constructed in a content-neutral or context-free way. Their second challenge, which assumes the importance content for transformative learning, is to educators as practitioners. The editors argue that transformative learning requires new educational practices consistent with the content. Arts-based research and arts-based teaching/learning practices are one example of such new educational practices. Education for the soul, or spiritual practices such as meditation or modified martial arts or indigenous peoples' forms of teaching/learning, is another example. Each article in the collection presents a possible model of these new practices.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312295073
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Edmund O'Sullivan
Learning Toward an Ecological Consciousness, Paperback (August 2002)
The editors of this volume argue that transformative learning theory cannot be constructed in a content-neutral or context-free way and that transformative learning requires new educational practices consistent with the content.
Transformative Learning, Paperback (June 1999)» View all books by Edmund O'Sullivan
This book assesses what it means to face the educational challenges of the 21st century, and offers a way for education to develop whole human beings in the context of a sustainable planetary environment.
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Author Biography - Edmund O'Sullivan
EDMUND V. O'SULLIVAN is the Director of the Transformative Learning Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto. AMISH MORRELL is a doctoral candidate, OISE, University of Toronto. MARY ANN O'CONNOR is a doctoral candidate, OISE, University of Toronto.
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