PSYC 401: Learning Through Life Report a Broken Link

This course is concerned with how adult learners make meaning of their experience. It examines the transformation theory of Jack Mezirow and looks at learning through the creation of meaning schemes and meaning perspectives. One of the main themes in PSYC 401 is the role that beliefs and assumptions play in adult learning and how they underlie the basis of experience. In addition, the course examines what happens when assumptions are distorted, the contribution of reflection, and the dynamics through which adults come to see the world in a different light. The course combines elements of sociology and philosophy with a psychological base to provide a more holistic approach to the study of life experience.

Supplementary Readings


Chapter 2


Meaning Perspectives: How We Understand Experience
These supplementary readings are based on Jack Mezirow's Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning.

Chapter 3


Intentional Learning: A Process of Problem Solving
These supplementary readings are based on Jack Mezirow's Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning.

Chapter 4


Making Meaning Through Reflection
These supplementary readings are based on Jack Mezirow's Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning.

Candy, P. C. (1989). Constructivism and the study of self-direction in adult learning. Studies in the Education of Adults, 21, 95-116.

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Chapter 5


Distorted Assumptions: Uncovering Errors in Learning
These supplementary readings are based on Jack Mezirow's Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning.

Chapter 6


Perspective Transformation: How Learning Leads to Change
These supplementary readings are based on Jack Mezirow's Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning.

Bruner, J. (1957). On perceptual readiness. Psychological Review, 64, 123-152.

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Chapter 7


Fostering Transformative Adult Learning
These supplementary readings are based on Jack Mezirow's Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning.

Greene, M. (1986). In search of a critical pedagogy. Harvard Educational Review, 56, 427-441.

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Mezirow, J. (1978). Perspective transformation. Adult Education, 28, 100-110.

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Mezirow, J. (1981). A critical theory of adult learning and education. Adult Education, 32, 3-24.

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Academic Integrity Tutorial Video


Athabasca University. (2011). The adventures of Ruby [Video file].

Required Video Viewing


Ehrlich, J., & Goldsmith, R. (2009). The most dangerous man in America. [Motion picture] Berkely, CA: Kovno Communications.