This article explores Transformative Learning Theory, primarily as asserted by Jack Mezirow, and highlights its relevance for the field of Christian education. The theory’s core elements of experience, critical reflection, corporate discourse, authentic relationships, and change identify significant building blocks of effective adult discipleship.
Key Words: transformative learning, disorienting dilemma, critical reflection, corporate discourse
Seminary field education offers students a hands-on way to connect theology and practice. When that practice occurs in a cross-cultural setting, students and faculty need an educational lens to guide their experiences of teaching and learning. Mezirowâ??s Transformative Learning Theory informs and forms the process of exploring ministry in unfamiliar settings that are right next door.