In Search of a Teaching Praxis that Transforms

  • Author / Creator
    Berezan, David H K
  • Transformative learning experiences are what many of my students and the participants in this research study have told me are their most meaningful educational experiences. Their transformations were life-altering and have continued to affect them long into their adult lives. I have drawn and interconnected fundamental concepts from two methodological approaches, Narrative Inquiry and Transformative Learning Theory, into a hybrid methodology designed to study what fosters the transformative self- and life-altering experiences within the fusion and synergy of teacher, students and subject matter in teaching and learning. The participants were English Language Arts Majors completing their final year of four-year teacher education or a two-year after degree program. Though in a similar pre-service training program, the participants were diverse in background, life experiences, age, and country of origin. The data collection sessions spanned ninth months and over 600 pages of transcript were collected. Through the data analysis, the consequent findings call for humanizing school experiences through teaching praxes that are foundationally focused on the deeply personal and transformative teaching and learning relationships of teachers and students.

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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Secondary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Marg Iveson, Senior Professor, Department of Secondary Education, U of A
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Marg Iveson, Senior Professor, Department of Secondary Education, U of A
    • Dr. Lynne Wiltse, Associate Professor, Department of Elementary Education, U of A
    • Dr. Jackie Seidel (External Examiner), Assistant Professor, Department of Education, U of C
    • Dr. Ingrid Johnston (Chair), Associate Vice-President (Research) and Professor, Department of Secondary Education, U of A
    • Dr. Bonnie Watt, Associate Professor, Department of Secondary Education, U of A