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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING: JACK MEZIROW

Mezirow’s cognitive-rational approach to transformational learning is based, in part, on the work of Paulo Freire. According to Mezirow (2000), adult education should lead to empowerment. Knowledge is created from interpretations and reinterpretations in light of new experiences. Mezirow (p. 7) states

[T]ransformative learning refers to the process by which we transform our taken-for-granted frames of reference (meaning perspectives, habits of mind, mind-sets) to make them more inclusive, discriminating, open, emotionally capable of change, and reflective. … Transformative learning involves participation in constructive discourse to use the experience of others to assess reasons justifying these assumptions, ...

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