Exploring the Conceptual Compatibility of Transformative Learning Theory in Accounts of Christian Spiritual Renewal at Wheaton College in 1995

From: Volume 12, Issue 2: Fall 2015, Curriculum Issues in Christian Education Pages 333-354


This research explored the conceptual compatibility of Transformative Learning Theory (TLT) in accounts of spiritual renewal at Wheaton College in 1995. TLT was applied using quadrants of experience, critical reflection, rational dialogue, and action. The sample was drawn from the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College. These audio interviews involved 28 people. The findings confirmed compatibility between TLT and these Christian spiritual renewal accounts. Implications involved prioritizing prayer, expanding vision, and clarifying intentions personally and collectively.
Key Words: transformative learning, Jack Mezirow, spiritual renewal, revival, Jonathan Edwards, God’s presence, Holy Spirit, Bible, confession, prayer.



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