Instructor Thomas Sifrit
September 23, 2013
The Four Stages of Transformational Learning
Transformational change occurs when a person faces a significant decision or situation that will change their life. Being a transformative learner is to reflect on how some of the past experiences we have been through and how those experiences have changed our feelings, thoughts, and actions. There are four stages of the transformational learning process. These four stages consist of: (1) Recognizing a specific problem- In this stage of the process, the person has realized that there is some type of change that needs to happen in their life. You have to know what the problem is so you can reflect on that certain area. (2) Confronting the problem intensely- This means you must address the problem without procrastinating and be open-minded to new ideas. In this stage, serious thinking is very important; figuring out what has or hasn’t worked in the past will help you change the problem. (3) Finding the solution- This means, evaluating the reasons and causes of the problem, reflecting on the things that have worked or not worked in the past, and figuring out what steps you need to take to solve the problem. (4) Integrating a new perspective and a new set of assumptions into your life- Now you must look at things in your life at a different view. You will have a new way of handling situations and a new outlook on how you do things in your life. Transformational Learning Experience
In October of 2007, my life had been changed forever. I had been dealing with a drug addiction for four years, which finally ended with my incarceration. I was sent to the state prison for two and a half years, which caused me to lose custody of my children. At this point, I realized there was a problem that I had to fix right away. I had to make a life changing decision to get myself sober. I immediately enrolled myself into the drug rehab unit at...
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