This research aims to explore the formation of self-directed and life-long learning of UWC students. Six participants were purposely chosen for depth interview and relevant documents were collected to reveal the motivation and self-determined and transformative learning of these students. The educational mission of UWC is to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future, just as the values displayed by “taking the initiative, engaging in interaction, and seeking the common good” of Taiwan’s 12-year basic education goals. The results were the pursuit of UWC learning driven from the urge of border-crossing or horizon-expanding learning. They enacted transformative learning through associating the prior experiences with new exploration in exotic field, awakening their subjective consciousness, and confronting from speaking foreign languages, different mode of thinking, and cultural shock. They had to reconstruct their viewpoints from multiple frames and reflect upon their self-worth, positioning, identity while encountering new situations. In addition, some of UWC alumni employed what they have learned to provide workshops for the young in Taiwan to experiencing higher order thinking and inquiry dialogue. The findings may contribute to new ways of understanding heutagogical learning and international education development.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Formation of Heutagogical Agency: Exploring UWC Students’ Learning Experiences
|Number of pages
|Published - 2020 Feb
- United World Colleges