Transformative Learning in Local, Cross-cultural Situations: Surprising Dilemmas, Reflections, and Stories
University of Kentucky, 2007 - 172 pages
Using a qualitative approach, methods included a series of three in-depth interviews, before, during, and after the students' semester of cross-cultural ministry; document analysis of the seminary course materials and student case studies; narrative analysis; participant observation in the classroom; and one-time interviews with the course facilitator and three of the students' mentors in local churches. The study revealed local, culturally diverse ministry experiences as disorienting to the students, especially around the issues of race, power, and privilege. Secondly, students described varying degrees of content transformation (one student) and premise transformation (five students) in the context of their local, cross-cultural experiences (Mezirow, 1990, 1991, 2000).
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