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Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing by Celia Hunt

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Chapter 12

Is transformative learning a form of therapeutic education?

 

 

 

The connection between transformative learning and psychotherapy is occasionally mentioned in the literature, but rarely explored in depth. Illeris classifies transformative learning as a kind of learning that involves ‘personality change and is characterised by simultaneous restructuring in the cognitive, the emotional, and the social dimensions’, which resonates with the Sussex model. He points out that: ‘Such processes have traditionally not been conceived of as learning, but they are well known in the field of psychotherapy’, and he points to Carl Rogers's concept of ‘significant learning’ (1951) as the first attempt to ‘connect such processes to learning theory’ ...

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