Disorienting dilemma

Contributor: Teryl Cartwright @TerylCartwright

Idea: Encourage your students to choose an unlikely topic to study or an unexpected person to help. If they teach themselves to be interested in the topic or person, they’ve become more open. If they teach themselves to persevere despite remaining uninterested, they’ve become more persistent. Either way, their willingness or their will power is strengthened which indirectly builds self-efficacy and passion which are vital ingredients of self-directed learning.

Practitioner comments: “I’ve used this idea on myself because if transformative learning includes Mezirow’s “disorienting dilemma,” then I’d like to choose the type and the duration to see what happens.”


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