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transformative & participatory learning

How can pedagogical approaches informed by an ethics of care and democracy be better integrated into our work as educators and researchers supporting personal and collective learning processes?

My work in this area seeks to blur the boundaries conventionally drawn between research and teaching. Recognising that we are all equally ‘problem-solvers, thinkers and learners’ (Glassman & Erdem 2014, 209), I focus on nurturing creative and constructive efforts to enable people of diverse backgrounds and in diverse settings ‘to critically question and assess the integrity of their deeply held assumptions about how they relate to the world around them’ (Mezirow & Taylor 2010, xi).

Transformative Learning Hub 

Together with Anke de Vrieze, I co-founded and co-coordinate the Transformative Learning Hub (TL Hub) is a community of practice that brings together researchers, educators, students, changemakers and activists across different disciplines and fields at Wageningen University and beyond. What connects us is our shared interest in engaging with transformative and participatory theory and methodologies in our research, teaching and societal engagement.

We hold monthly thematic TL Hub community gatherings, run an annual PhD course on transformative and participatory arts-based research methods, and support staff training initiatives in the fields of transformative learning and interdisciplinary research. We also actively work to introduce transformative and participatory approaches and techniques into spaces and among groups beyond the TL Hub. Check out what we're doing in greater detail below!

If you're interested in participating and/or contributing to the TL Hub's activities, please contact its coordinators: Anke de Vrieze (anke.devrieze [at] wur.nl) and Meghann Ormond (meghann.ormond [at] wur.nl).

The TL Hub is a Centre for Space, Place & Society (CSPS) research cluster at Wageningen University & Research. 

Transformative & Participatory Qualitative Research Methods (PhD course)

This annual course for PhD candidates and early-career researchers provides both conceptual and hands-on methodological engagement with transformative, participatory and action research approaches that use creative and arts-based research methods and techniques to foster the inclusion and engagement of diverse (often marginalised) perspectives and to bring into focus, examine and transform narratives, representations and practices.

Check out the course flyer and visit the WASS course webpage to register.  Here's a set of best practices generated by our 2021 course participants that gives a real taste of what we do in the course!

Publications & initiatives

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