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Patricia Cranton

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1976
  • M.Sc., University of Calgary, 1973
  • B.Ed., University of Calgary, 1971

Scholarly Interests

Selected Publications

Cranton, P. & English, L. (2009) (eds.) Reaching out across the border: Canadian perspectives on Adult Education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Cranton, P., & Taylor, E. (2009) (eds.) Reframing social sustainability in a multicultural world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Transformative Learning. Hamilton, Bermuda.

Cranton, P. (2007). The resilience of soul. In T. Leonard, & P. Willis (eds.). Pedagogies of the imagination: Mythopoetic curriculum in educational practice. New York: Peter Lang.

Cranton, P. (2007). Transformative learning theory as a framework for acquiring knowledge for social sustainability. In P. Willis, R. Harris, S. Gelade, & S. McKenzie, S. (eds.). Rethinking work and learning: Adult and vocational education and social sustainability. New York: Springer

Cranton, P. (ed.) (2006). Authenticity in teaching. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, no. 111. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Cranton, P. (2005) Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Cranton, P., & Carusetta, E. (2004). Perspectives on authenticity in teaching, Adult Education Quarterly, 55(1), 5-22.

Cranton, P., & Carusetta, E. (2004). Developing authenticity in teaching as transformative learning. Journal of Transformative Education 2(4), 276-293.

ORLD 4827: Fostering transformative learning

In this course, we will explore how adult learners transform their habits of mind through critical self-reflection and discourse. We will also examine the relationships between individuation, authenticity, and transformation. We will focus on practical and innovative strategies for fostering transformative learning in adult education settings. This is a distance learning course.

ORLD 4828: Imagination, authenticity and individuation in transformative learning

Participants in this course will engage in an in-depth exploration of transformative learning with an emphasis on the role of affect and imagination in the learning process. The rational, cognitive approach will be reviewed for those participants unfamiliar with the traditional theory. We will investigate how the journey of becoming authentic is a transformative process. Jungs concept of individuation - differentiating ones Self from the collective- will be used as yet another lens through which we can view transformation.