Learning and Refugees: Recognizing the Darker Side of Transformative Learning

Linda Morrice

Adult Education Quarterly 2013 63: 251

Learning is generally viewed as a positive process bringing benefits to the individual, leading to growth and self-development. But is this always the case? This article draws on empirical research with refugees and considers the processes of transforming experience and learning that accompanies transition to life in the United Kingdom. I will argue for the importance of social context and nonformal learning, and suggest that models and theories based on transformative learning that ignore context provide only a partial and distorted picture of the learning and identity processes at work for this particular group of immigrants. There is a complexity and depth to the learning that they experience, which calls for an enlarged concept of learning and its potential outcomes.

refugees, transformative learning, immigration, identity, immigrant, Mezirow, learning




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