Examining transformative learning within the field school or field study context

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geography Education Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Endymion, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Aaron Williams, Joe Pavelka
Chairs: Joe Pavelka


This paper session seeks to address the changing attitudes and expectations that surround field study program student experience. Increasingly, there is demand for tools and metrics to assess student experience and the effectiveness of curriculum design. In this session we invite researchers who seek to enhance transformative learning and innovative experiential field methods within the field school or field study context. Further we are interested in research that examines different field practices that promote students transformative learning and transformative experiences. Papers in this session can focus on pre and post assessments and pedagogical approaches. We are also interested in research that assesses the social element of field study programs and the role of group dynamics as being central to both student fears and aspirations and their overall experience. This session is useful for any faculty engaged in field school or experiential learning.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Aaron Williams*, Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Darren Sjogren, Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Andrea Freeman, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology University of Calgary, Thematic integration in field studies 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Joe Pavelka*, Mount Royal University, Field School Learning Debriefing and Transformation 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Andrea Freeman*, , Darren Sjogren, University of Calgary, Aaron Williams, University of Calgary, Dianne Draper, University of Calgary, The Transformative Value of Student Selfies in Travel Study Programs 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Darren Sjogren*, University of Calgary, Dianne Draper, University of Calgary, Williams Aaron, University of Calgary, Freeman Andrea, University of Calgary, Photo essays for exploring scientific narratives 20 9:00 AM

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