Dear Colleagues, Many of us involved in the field of human rights education believe that our work is, or ought to be, "transformational." Some academics call transformative learning the process of making meaning of one's experience. This leads to perspective transformation. In the human rights education context, transformative learning ideally empowers the learner to makes changes in her or his personal life or surroundings. I am very interested to understand this idea and its implications for our work and would appreciate hearing listserv members' thoughts on the following questions: - What do you understand by the term "transformational"? Can a human rights education experience that brings about a new perspective or "meaning making" be considered transformational? - What is the relationship between a transformed view at the personal level to a personal will to take action in changing one's personal life or community? As human rights educators, how much importance do we place on seeing perspective transformation illustrated in action? - Assuming that this the link between "meaning making" and action is desirable, how can teaching/learning methodologies promote this chain of events? One source on transformative learning identifies methodologies such as truth telling, reflection, integration of heart and soul, and dreams for the future. Another source identifies phases such as a disorienting dilemma, self examination, exploration of new roles, planning a course of action, and reintegration of one's new perspective into one's life. What are the methodologies that human rights educators have used that lead to transformation? Do these methods vary by context and group? - Practically speaking, are there situations that lend themselves to a "transformational" approach to HRE? For example, does this approach apply especially well to oppressed groups or persons who have been traumatized through domestic violence and conflict? If so, why? I am eager to hear listserv members' thoughts on these questions, as I find them central to the promise and challenge of human rights education. Warm wishes, Felisa ------------------------------------- Felisa Tibbitts, Director Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) - USA office PO Box 382396 Cambridge, MA 02238 (tel) +1 978 341-0200 (fax) +1 978 341-0201 (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org (Web) http://www.hrea.org ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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