Identity transformation as an intercontextual process
Authors: De Weerdt, Sven; Bouwen, René; Corthouts, Felix; Martens, Hilda
Source: Industry and Higher Education, Volume 20, Number 5, October 2006 , pp. 317-326(10)
Publisher: IP Publishing Ltd
Abstract:Societal and organizational change requires people to change their professional identity continuously. Starting from two theoretical traditions that address identity and learning, the authors analysed the learning narratives of two sets of learners – participants in a two-year experiential learning programme and student interns, both in the domain of organizational behaviour. They then developed a model of transformational learning for two aspects of a learner's professional identity: (1) the change in concepts and images that relate to who we consider ourselves to be; and (2) the development of a healthy self-worth and self-confidence. This differentiation of transformational learning into two distinct and complementary processes constitutes the contribution of this research to the theoretical understanding of identity transformation. By means of the notion of 'intercontextuality', the authors also describe the process that integrates the individual sense-making perspective and the relational–participatory perspective on identity learning.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2006
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