The Palgrave handbook of Learning for Transformation

Aliki Nicolaides, Saskia Eschenbacher, Petra Buergelt, Yabome Gilpin-Jackson , Marguerite A. Welch, Mitsunori Misawa

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This comprehensive landmark handbook presents a change-of-the-guard shift of the field of transformation that creates multiple passageways that build upon the past but breathe new life into and expand and reinvigorate transformative learning theory in multiple ways. The over 100 chapter authors deliberately exemplify a balanced assembly of scholars and practitioners; feminine and masculine perspectives; thought leaders mainly from the US and Europe and a wide array of new yet original voices from highly diverse countries spanning all continents, cultures and disciplines across social and natural sciences and arts and humanities; and Western, Indigenous and Ancient philosophical worldviews. This handbook defines the state-of-the-art theory and practice and creates the space for a new bold expansive holistic future of transformation capable of contributing to creating the individual and collective paradigm shift required for creating a thriving future for humanity and the planet.
The over 50 book chapters are exploring and providing insights into multiple perspectives on transformation, conditions for transformation, (un)known discourses of transformation, and challenges and emerging future for transformation. Based on the chapter content the editors set the impulse for the future of transformation research and practice by inviting scholars and practitioners to consider in their work four key provocations:
• Transformation-in-context: Transformation occurs at the nexus of the individual and collective, requiring structural change and collective effort to transform systems.
• Transformation-in-connection: The passageway to transformation is the relational ecology (connection, collective engagement) that evokes the interconnected being and becoming of humanity.
• Transformation-in-action: Imaginal expressions of marginal experiences evoke storytelling and witnessing, sparking personal and collective identity (re)storying and action.
• In-transformation: It is in dwelling in the unknown spaces between multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary ways of knowing that transformation emerges.
It is our intent and hope that this handbook contributes to inspiring, encouraging, strengthening and enabling researchers, scholars, practitioners and students from diverse disciplines and professions to step more boldly and confident into being transformative agents that trigger transformation in each conversation and action in the spaces they live, work and play.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages975
ISBN (Electronic)9783030846947
ISBN (Print)9783030846930
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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