A Novel Idea: Researching Transformative Learning in Fiction by Randee Lipson Lawrence, Patricia Cranton
By Randee Lipson Lawrence, Patricia Cranton
Lawrence and Cranton current a different learn method related to fictional characters as learn contributors. Transformative studying topics are pointed out via a content material research of six modern novels. The characters from those novels are invited to return to a digital area, the Butterfly Café the place they have interaction in a sequence of dialogues at the learn topics relating to their transformative studying reports. all of the dialogues is by way of a debriefing consultation to deepen the knowledge of the unique topics Readers are given a window into Lawrence and Cranton's research and interpretive method as they interact in discussion with Celie from the colour crimson, Macon from unintended vacationer, Mariam and Laila from 1000 most excellent Suns, and others. The dialogues turn into a narrative in the tales instructed within the novels. the top product is the advent of a brand new version of transformative studying in keeping with a metaphor of planting, cultivating, and starting to be seeds. imperative to the version is turning into wakeful, a technique that seemed in all of the novels. Readers will locate insights into transformative studying which are open air of the normal educational remedy of the subject. relocating the learn into the world of fiction presents the chance for an artistic exploration of transformative studying. but, on account that fiction necessarily mirrors truth, readers could be in a position to relate the research, the dialogues, and the resultant version to their very own lives and to their grownup schooling perform.
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The butterfly is a symbol of transformative learning. As the characters in the novels lived in different times and countries (and one character had died in the novel), the Butterfly Café transcends time, space, and language. Among those present for the conversations are: • • • • • • Randee and Patricia (the researchers) Macon (a White man from the United States, mid 40’s) Celie (an African American woman from the southern United States, mid 40’s) Mariam (an Afghan woman, late 40’s, deceased) Laila (an Afghan woman, early 30’s) Cal (a Greek American man who lived the first part of his life as a woman, mid 40’s) • Francis (a White Canadian man, early 40’s) • Maggie (a White woman from the southern United States, age 60) DAY ONE: TRAUMATIC EVENTS Patricia: Thank you all for coming to meet with us in the Butterfly Cafe.
Philobosian was seventy four. According to the story I was told, his eyesight was not very good. He looked me over and pronounced me a beautiful healthy girl. Perhaps he really couldn’t see that well or, maybe he thought it would be easier for everyone if they just thought I was a regular girl. My parents named me Calliope, Callie for short. Anyway, I was raised as a girl for fourteen years. In many ways I was the same as any other little girl in the 1960’s. I had long hair, wore dresses and played with dolls.
We have both read your stories and we are hoping to learn more from you in a series of dialogues. We hope that by talking to each other, you can also learn more about yourselves. Randee: Patricia and I are interested in transformative learning. Transformative learning is a deep profound kind of learning that results in change. It’s much more than just getting new information. The butterfly is a universal symbol for transformation. Once a caterpillar changes into a butterfly she can never go back and be a caterpillar again.