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Christie, Michael; Carey, Michael; Robertson, Ann; Grainger, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
This paper elaborates on a number of key criticisms of Mezirow's transformative learning theory as well as providing arguments that validate it. Our paper exemplifies how Mezirow's theory can help adult educators and prospective school teachers understand that social structures and belief systems can influence student learning, that learners make…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Theory Practice Relationship, Females, Doctoral Degrees
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Gougoulakis, Petros; Christie, Michael – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2012
The aim of this philosophical and historical position paper is to discuss the ways in which Popular Education--folkbildning--has contributed to the social transformation of Sweden through self-directed and collaborative educational practices. One of our premises is that individual transformative learning, fostered by folkbildning, has contributed…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Popular Education, Foreign Countries, Social Change
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Stehlik, Tom; Christie, Michael – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2007
The article presents a comparative analysis of educational policy and provision in Sweden and Australia, with particular emphasis on the relative investment in continuing and further education in both countries. The authors investigate the extent to which further education opportunities provide a "second chance" at learning for adults…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Educational Opportunities