“The training was an eye-opener…”: Transformative Experiences of Caregivers from an Adult Education on Medical and Psychosocial Care of Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances
2012 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
This article describes the transformative experiences observed among social and health care learners in an international training program after they had undergone training focusing on working with children in especially difficult circumstances. Participants were drawn from government departments, non-governmental organizations, community- and faith-based organizations and represented different professional and age groups. The training evolved over time and is built on research conducted among children in especially difficult circumstances and their caregivers. Qualitative methods were used for evaluation and Mezirow’s transformative learning theory served as the framework of reference. Two themes were developed from the process of analysis, namely: Learners’ description of their learning and its impact on their work; and the factors facilitating the transformation. In conclusion, the article indicates that, composition of the learners, course content based on research and the caregivers’ reflections, and discursive role of researchers and facilitators, are critical in adult learning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
children; caregivers; education, professional; transformative learning; Africa; Asia, Southeast
Health Sciences Learning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-178165OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-178165DiVA: diva2:542185