Virtual territories: transformative learning in online higher education contexts

Reushle, Shirley (2008) Virtual territories: transformative learning in online higher education contexts. In: Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 169-181. ISBN 9781921214318

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There are significant challenges in applying the principles of transformative learning in online, higher education contexts. Integrating theory with practice and simultaneously ensuring the authenticity of that practice creates a rich and complex virtual territory for research and opportunities for building upon theory. The principles of transformative learning provide vital navigation tools to learners, educators and researchers alike for exploring and inhabiting the online territory. In turn, that inhabitation contributes to an ongoing redrawing of the boundaries and contours of the territory, making it a fluid and ever-changing process. This chapter builds upon a study of an online professional development course facilitated from Australia by the author with a cohort of educators at a Singapore polytechnic. The author, as a collaborative practitioner researcher, reflects on this project and on two other ‘virtual territories’ that have since been explored. The chapter proposes strategies for practitioners and researchers to interrogate and evaluate the challenging terrains of authentic practice in online environments.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. Pre-print version of chapter, as made available here, differs in title from the Published version. Pre-print title: Virtual territories: researching and living transformative learning in online higher education contexts. Copies held in USQ Library at call no. 370.72 Tro.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 01 May 2009 02:57
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 01:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational research; transformative learning; higher education; authentic practice; online
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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