Transforming Perspectives in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

A Dialogue

  • Laura Formenti
  • Linden West

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Laura Formenti, Linden West
    Pages 1-34
  3. Laura Formenti, Linden West
    Pages 35-52
  4. Laura Formenti, Linden West
    Pages 53-73
  5. Laura Formenti, Linden West
    Pages 75-101
  6. Laura Formenti, Linden West
    Pages 103-129
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    Pages 131-151
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    Pages 153-179
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    Pages 181-213
  10. Laura Formenti, Linden West
    Pages 215-240
  11. Laura Formenti, Linden West
    Pages 241-277
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 279-323

About this book


Winner of the AAACE Cyril O. Houle Award

This book constructs a deepening, interdisciplinary understanding of adult learning and imaginatively reframes its transformative aspects. The authors explore the tension at the heart of current understanding of ‘transformative’ adult learning: that while it can be framed as both easy and imperative, personal transformation is in fact rooted in the context in which we live, our stories and relationships.

At its core, transformation is never easy – nor always desirable – and the authors thus draw on interdisciplinary and auto/biographical inquiry to explore what it means to change our presuppositions and frames of meaning that guide our thinking. Using their linguistic, gendered, academic and cultural differences, the authors illuminate how the social, contextual, cultural, cognitive and psychological dimensions of transformation intertwine. In doing so, they emphasise the importance of transformation as a contingent struggle for meaning and recognition, social justice, fraternity, and the pursuit of truth.  This engaging book will be of interest to students and scholars of transformative learning and education.


Adult learning Lifelong Learning Transformative learning Psychosocial studies Imagination Transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • Laura Formenti
    • 1
  • Linden West
    • 2
  1. 1."Ricardo Massa" Department of Human Sciences for EducationUniversità degli Studi di Milano BicoccaMilanItaly
  2. 2.School of Childhood and Educational SciencesCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96387-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96388-4
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