Critical Discourse and Critical Reflection in Mezirow’s Theory of Transformative Learning: A Dialectic Between Ontology and Epistemology (and a Subtext of Reflexivity Mirroring My Own Onto-Epistemological Movement)

Hyde, Brendan 2021, Critical Discourse and Critical Reflection in Mezirow’s Theory of Transformative Learning: A Dialectic Between Ontology and Epistemology (and a Subtext of Reflexivity Mirroring My Own Onto-Epistemological Movement), Adult Education Quarterly, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1177/07417136211003612.

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Title Critical Discourse and Critical Reflection in Mezirow’s Theory of Transformative Learning: A Dialectic Between Ontology and Epistemology (and a Subtext of Reflexivity Mirroring My Own Onto-Epistemological Movement)
Author(s) Hyde, BrendanORCID iD for Hyde, Brendan orcid.org/0000-0003-3633-5366
Journal name Adult Education Quarterly
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021-03-26
ISSN 0741-7136
1552-3047
Keyword(s) transformative learning
epistemology
constructivism
constructionism
ontology
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Summary In this article, I argue that critical discourse in Mezirow’s theory of transformative learning is a constructionist, ontological act that serves to support an individual’s critical reflection, which, in turn, is a constructivist, epistemological act. The notion of onto-epistemology is helpful in bringing to the fore the entanglement of these two concepts, and mirrors my own reflexivity and my own transformative learning process in coming to determine the relationship between constructionism and constructivism, and between critical discourse and critical reflection. It is important that facilitators of adult education are aware of the theory underpinning both of these concepts so that, like myself, their choices in designing learning activities is grounded in, and guided by, theory, enabling them to support and facilitate appropriate learning outcomes.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1177/07417136211003612
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Field of Research 1301 Education Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30149581

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