On June 4th 2017, I was invited by the AEGIS for Life Alumni organization to be the featured speaker at the Second Annual Jack Mezirow Lecture, held at Teachers College, Columbia University. During this lecture I engaged the audience in a reflection around the complexity of the temporalities involved in adult learning. I suggested that we observe and question the conflicting rhythms that pace what we do, how we think, who we are, and how we develop ourselves.
Following a conference on transformative learning at the University of Edinburgh, I explore how some of the themes presented (cultural differences in higher education, high impact learning, technology-enhanced pedagogy, collaborative close reading) relate to the experience of rhythmic dilemmas. Doing so, I question how educators can take them into consideration in their praxis, so that such temporal tensions become a source of meaningful learning or transformation.
Using time lapse videos showing the growth and transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, this post explores the rhythmic dimension of natural transformations, stressing how much they display both continuous and discontinuous features.