EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
Instructor: Betty Cokeley
28 November 2011
Inevitably, the transformational learning cycle moves through the stages of recognizing a significant problem, confronting it intensely, finding a solution, and integrating a new perspective and a new set of assumptions into your life pattern. This process requires a great deal of reflection and is often painful and stressful. Transformation, though desirable, rarely comes easily. It separates life into distinct “before” and “after” realities. (Alexander, M., Clugston, W, & Tice, E. (2009) Chapter 5.2) Recently the United States Navy stationed my family and me in the beautiful country of Japan. This process was not an easy one to adjust to, my family had never been outside of the United States and this was our first time changing duty stations. Every day of this process was extremely stressful, with my family’s overseas screenings, and setting up a household goods shipment, and a base housing final turnover inspection. To make a long story short, all of the pain and heartache involved in this process was a great learning experience. We now know what to expect when we head back to the states and we will not struggle as much as we did the first time.
On to the subject of “Mezirow’s seven phases”, recognizing that others have gone through a similar process, best fits my situation. There are hundreds of Sailors, Airman, Soldiers, and Marines, and their families stationed all over the world, so I cannot say that the experiences that we went through were unique to only us. And after we settled in to our new home, we found out that most of our neighbors had gone though the same long and stressful process. In the end it felt good to know that we were not alone when it came to our experience, and I gained the knowledge needed to pass on to another family before they make...