Bringing the Ego to the Fore: Addressing the Form that Trans-forms

The developmental psychologist Robert Kegan responded to an essential and unanswered question within transformative learning: “What form transforms?” (2000, p. 35), highlighting, “The form that is undergoing transformation needs to be better understood; if there is no form there is no transformation” (p. 48). Although a growing body of knowledge has clarified many facets of transformation related to this call (Illeris, 2014; West, 2014), a thorough review of more than eleven disciplines yielded no study that empirically responded to Kegan’s appeal. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to transformative learning theory and practice by discussing the findings of a scientific analysis (Ross, 2020) that examined the form-that-transforms complemented by The Triple Transformation, a relevant framework by the spiritual philosopher Sri Aurobindo (1939/2005, 1963/1990). Conclusions assert that the forms that transform are the ego, mind, and body, in that order, which challenges prevailing theories about the leading purpose of transformative learning.

Format: Paper Presentation


Suzy Ross, San Jose State University
Session Date & Time: Thu, 07 Apr 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT