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When Faith is on the Line: Exploring the Personal Risks and Rewards of Transformative Learning

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Through an autobiographical lens, this chapter explores the potential of disorientation, the process of transformation and the challenges associated with researching a topic in which one is personally invested. I have found that, when it comes to deeply held values and beliefs, the academic landscape can be precarious, for there can be significant emotional and psycho-social consequences of undergoing transformative learning. It is in this space that the identity and occupation of the researcher interact in significant ways, which raises important questions relating to reflexive practice: Have I considered the potential personal cost involved in my research; and am I prepared to maintain a professional degree of critical distance from my subject matter, allowing the evidence to guide me and my colleagues to challenge me?

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  • Disorientation
  • Faith
  • Transformative learning
  • Truth
  • Values

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Roux, R. (2021). When Faith is on the Line: Exploring the Personal Risks and Rewards of Transformative Learning. In: Mulligan, D.L., Danaher, P.A. (eds) Researchers at Risk. Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53857-6_5

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