Creative Expression in Transformative Learning: Tools and Techniques for Educators of Adults

| June 29, 2011

Title: Creative Expression in Transformative Learning: Tools and Techniques for Educators of Adults

Author: Hoggan, Chad, Soni Simpson, and Heather Stuckey

Publisher: Krieger Publishing Co.

Call No.: LC1100 .C74 2009

From the publisher:

Transformative learning is a theory of adult education that focuses on the profound changes-or transformations-that can occur in the lives of adults. It is not as concerned with incremental advances in learners’ knowledge as it is with their mental frameworks for making meaning from life experiences. This book explores the role of creative expression in this transformational process. It provides a practical and accessible approach to using creative expression with adult learners. The book provides various tools, methods and creative modalities that have been used to promote transformative learning, and discusses how adult educators themselves are transformative learners.

About the authors:

Chad Hoggan: Born in Olathe, KS, Chad currently resides in Dayton with his spouse, Kim, and children Marina, Cameron, and Natalia. He earned his B.S. from Brigham Young University and M.S. from North Carolina State University. He has almost completed his Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Soni Simpson: Dr. Simpson is a consultant and trainer with an expertise in creativity, imagination and innovation.  She has 20+ years of brand management and industry related experience with multi-million dollar businesses.  Her academic background includes teaching at DePaul University, the Yale Research Institute-Great Lakes Institute of Management (Chennai, India) and IIT/Stuart GSB, Elmhurst College, National Louis University and Robert Morris College.

Heather Stuckey: Dr. Stuckey’s research focuses on improving the education, self-management support and psychological distress of people with diabetes and other chronic disease. Using medical humanities-based models and problem-solving techniques, she works with qualitatative methods (narrative, video, arts-based inquiry, observations, interviews, focus groups) to determine how adults make meaning of their illness and how the medical community can respond to support patients and their families. She has been the leader in developing web-site interventions that are built to help people problem-solve by looking at strategies that have worked in real-life scenarios. Using her adult education background and creativity, she takes a systems approach in not only improving knowledge, but providing social and emotional support as part of her interventions. She has also co-edited a book on transformation and the arts, and has written several NIH grants to become an expert in mixed methods research applied to behavioral science.

Dr. Stuckey serves on doctoral committees, assists multiple students at Penn State Hershey with their Medical Student Research projects, and facilities problem-based learning courses. She completed a post-doctoral appointment at Penn State Harrisburg in the Office of Research Affairs and at the Hershey Medical Center in Endocrinology. She was a fellow at the Office of Behavioral Social Sciences Research Randomized Clinical Trials in 2010.