Transformative Theory: The Theory Of Change In The Classroom

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"I entered the classrooms with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer" (Hooks 254). Most students go to school because they have to learn, but most of the time they are not learning, instead they are being taught or spoon fed information to remember. Students are constantly having information thrown at their face so they can take that big test and as soon as that test is over with the information gets thrown out of the window instead of learning it. Day after day, they are being told to memorize a book or a PowerPoint instead of learning what the material is. Although some classes do use paper and project approaches, most classes do not. Doing a paper or a project …show more content…
This is a mindset that needs to be changed even though change is a difficult thing. Jack Mezirow, a professor at Columbia University has a theory called Transformative Theory. This is “The process of effecting change in a frame of reference” (Mezirow 268). Sense students have always been in classes where they did not actually learn the material and they just memorized it and took the test they have always had the habit of mind that they can throw it away. It is important not to throw away the material because when a student learns something it is usually a building block to learn something new. For example, in math a student will learn addition and subtraction but that is just a building block to learn how to balance equations. So in the long run, if the student learns how to do addition and subtraction just for the test they are going to struggle to balance equations. Learning how to not throw the material away is a difficult thing. Mezirow claims “Self-reflection can lead to significant person transformations” (Mezirow 270). If a student self-reflects this can make it easier to change the habit of throwing learned material out. A student could think about the consequences of not knowing how to do addition and subtraction when they enter an algebra class. This could help a student understand why it is important to have a positive mindset towards remembering learned information rather than just knowing it for the test. Freire states “His task is to “fill” the students with the contents of his narration-- contents which are detached from reality, disconnected from the totality that engendered them and could give them significance” (Freire 1). Students need to be involved in what they are learning and understand the connection to life and what they are leaning. If they understand why they are learning something this may help them

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