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Acheson, et al. (2019) - Laying theoretical groundwork for new methods of assessing TL theory

When this comes out (it is still in press), I will try to get the publisher's permission to post a .pdf of the chapter here. Meanwhile, if you want a pre-production copy, just send me an email at

With my co-authors, I present in this chapter two cross-walks that align Hoggan's (2016) typology for Transformative Learning theory with existing instruments that could be used to assess it - the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory, or BEVI, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities' VALUE rubrics. 

Citation (APA): Acheson, K., Dirkx, J., & Shealy, C. (in press, 2019). Assessing transformative learning. In E. Kostara, A. Gavrielatos, and D. Loads (Eds.), Transformative learning theory and praxis: New perspectives and possibilities. Taylor & Francis.

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Transformative Learning Theory

Transformational education and transformative learning have become buzz words in higher education recently, often applied rather lightly to experiences and processes far beyond what is meant by the terms in traditions of scholarly literature, and often claimed with little or no attempt at assessment. This collection is meant to be a resource for anyone interested in learning more about the decades of research on Transformative Learning Theory sparked by the work of Jack Mezirow in the field of adult education in the early 1990s. 

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