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From “Confusion” and “Fear” to “Broadened Horizons.” Students’ Transformative Experiences in Two Higher Education Contexts: Argentina and Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Culture, Languages and Media (KSM). Malmö University, Disciplinary literacy and inclusive teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9243-0766
Laboratorio de Investigación en Ciencias Humanas (LICH), Escuela de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2024 (English)In: Journal of Transformative Education, ISSN 1541-3446, E-ISSN 1552-7840, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 137-156Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article explores students' experiences of intellectual, social, and emotional growth during the first year at university and the extent to which these experiences can be considered transformative (Mezirow, 1981). The study is a qualitative interpretative multiple-case study built on semi-structured interviews with students in two higher education contexts, Argentina and Sweden. The results show that most students experience similarly interrelated changes concerning self-confidence, knowledge- and language abilities, critical thinking, and values and beliefs. For some students, these changes lead to profound shifts in how they perceive themselves and their possibilities. Such transformative experiences are emancipatory and empowering, giving students more control over their lives. Other students are gradually changing, experiencing growth in knowledge, literacy, and self-confidence. However, they do not yet experience profound changes in their worldview and how they perceive themselves. Contextual factors related to family life and future profession affect the significance the students attach to experienced changes.     

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Sage Publications, 2024. Vol. 22, no 2, p. 137-156
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critical reflection, transformative learning, social change
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-61849DOI: 10.1177/15413446231179896ISI: 001008288700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85162935790OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-61849DiVA, id: diva2:1787954
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The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)Available from: 2023-08-15 Created: 2023-08-15 Last updated: 2024-04-12Bibliographically approved

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