Transformative Andragogy and Radicalization: A Curricular Innovation

If the pandemic has proffered a common lesson to communities across the globe, it is that suffering is a shared reality. The nature of decision-making shifts during a crisis, where complexity has cognitive and emotional consequenceson one’s sense of integrity. Moral resilience – the capacity of an individual to restore or sustain integrity in response to moral adversity – has manifested in every occupational setting (Rushton., 2018). Although this kind of resilience has been extensively studied in health-care settings, its applicability to adult learners and their educational experiences is the point of departure for this experiential session. In our exploration of moral resilience and its relationship to transformative learning, we will outline another process that involves cognitive and emotional transformation that was concurrently exacerbated by the pandemic: radicalization. Audience members will engage with the authors through an interactive activity that centers a powerful narrative of moral resilience. Further, they will learn about an initiative – Reimagine Resilience – which is building a multi-modular online training to improve resilience in educators and students designed by the authors. Reimagine Resilience is housed in Columbia University’s Teachers College and was awarded an Innovation Grant ($750,000) by the Department of Homeland Security.

Format: Paper Presentation


Vik Joshi, Teachers College Columbia University, New York
Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, Teachers College Columbia University, New York
Lauren Gonzalez, Teachers College Columbia University, New York
Tina Keswani, Teachers College Columbia University, New York
Session Date & Time: Wed, 06 Apr 2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT