Critical social theory and transformative learning : evidence in pre-service teachers' service-learning reflection logs

Carrington, Suzanne B. & Selva, Gitta (2010) Critical social theory and transformative learning : evidence in pre-service teachers' service-learning reflection logs. Higher Education Research and Development, 29(1), pp. 45-57.

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This paper reports on the opportunities for transformational learning experienced by a group of pre-service teachers who were engaged in service-learning as a pedagogical process with a focus on reflection. Critical social theory informed the design of the reflection process as it enabled a move away from knowledge transmission toward knowledge transformation. The structured reflection log was designed to illustrate the critical social theory expectations of quality learning that teach students to think critically: ideology critique and utopian critique. Butin's lenses and a reflection framework informed by the work of Bain, Ballantyne, Mills and Lester were used in the design of the service-learning reflection log. Reported data provide evidence of transformational learning and highlight how the students critique their world and imagine how they could contribute to a better world in their work as a beginning teacher.

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ID Code: 31994
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Critical social theory, Pre-service teachers, Reflection, Service-learning, Transformational learning, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/07294360903421384
ISSN: 0729-4360
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Routledge
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the [Higher Education Research and Development] (C) [2010] (copyright Taylor & Francis); [Higher Education Research and Development] is available online at:
Deposited On: 03 May 2010 22:37
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 08:11

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