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Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Transformative Learning

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David Bohm (1917-1992) -- Philosophy, Transformative learning, Dialogue, Teaching -- Methodology


Between 1997 and 2002, dialogue, a process developed by the late theoretical physicist David Bohm and philosopher Krishnamurti, was adapted and used as the central form of pedagogy within two interdisciplinary courses at Portland State University. The purpose of this workshop is, through an interactive experience, to provide participants with an introductory understanding of Bohmian dialogue and its promise as a pedagogy for transformative teaching and learning in higher education. Throughout the past several years, Bohmian dialogue has developed into a process in which meaning and knowledge are created and shared between and among educators and learners during the learning process. Through this cultivation of shared meaning new understanding emerges and learners identify and are able to gain insight into their assumptions, belief systems, and thought processes. Our explorations of Bohmian dialogue in higher education have led us to conclude that it holds considerable promise as a pedagogy for transformative teaching and learning and for extending our knowledge of how individuals learn together.


Originally presented at the Fifth International Transformative Learning Conference, October 23–25, 2003, Teachers College, Columbia University.

© 2003 The Authors

In cooperation with: The Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation Teachers College Columbia University.

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