Working on my literature review today, comforted with hot and delicious loose leaf tea and a ziplock bag full of my favourite chocolate pieces. I started out my work today with a bit of an attitude - psychologically, mentally, and emotionally I am so very ready to be finished this body of work. However, I was reminded how much I love they way transformational learning (TL) connects effortlessly to other areas of knowing and study. Jack Mezirow (2009), the Father of TL writes about how TL is connected to Jungian Psychology. He writes,
“The content or process of formal learning evokes images realized through dialogue. In the course of this interaction, both content and ourselves are potentially transformed. Individuation is an ongoing psychic process. When entered into consciously and imaginatively, it provides a deepening awareness of the self, and expansion of one’s consciousness, and an engendering of soul. We become more fully who we are, and we are more fully able to enter into the community of humans. In Jungian terms, this is transformation - the emergence of the self” (p.24).
To me this is an incredibly beautiful connection.
Mezirow, J., Taylor, E.W., & Associates. (2009). Transformative learning in practice: Insights from community, workplace, and higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
This one is for all the students who are counting down the weeks until college or university begins. Your life will change. It will open up. Think big. You have the ability to completely rock the world. I wish you an amazing and transformational journey :)
- Lindy Garneau, The Professor’s Apprentice
Sometimes we must step back in order to jump higher.