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By Randee Lipson Lawrence, Patricia Cranton

Lawrence and Cranton current a different examine method concerning fictional characters as study contributors. Transformative studying subject matters are pointed out via a content material research of six modern novels. The characters from those novels are invited to come back to a digital house, the Butterfly Café the place they have interaction in a sequence of dialogues at the learn issues concerning their transformative studying studies. all of the dialogues is through a debriefing consultation to deepen the certainty of the unique subject matters Readers are given a window into Lawrence and Cranton's research and interpretive method as they interact in discussion with Celie from the colour red, Macon from unintended vacationer, Mariam and Laila from 1000 just right Suns, and others. The dialogues develop into a narrative in the tales instructed within the novels. the top product is the advent of a brand new version of transformative studying in accordance with a metaphor of planting, cultivating, and becoming seeds. principal to the version is changing into awake, a strategy that seemed in all of the novels. Readers will locate insights into transformative studying which are outdoor of the normal educational remedy of the subject. relocating the learn into the area of fiction presents the chance for an artistic exploration of transformative studying. but, considering that fiction unavoidably mirrors truth, readers can be in a position to relate the research, the dialogues, and the resultant version to their very own lives and to their grownup schooling perform.

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I am a better woman because of Mariam. Mariam: Laila was the most important person in my life. I could never have survived as long as I did without Laila in my life. Laila and her children showed me the love I never had. They were my family. Through them I became a more compassionate person. When it appeared that Rasheed was going to choke Laila to death for allowing Tariq in the house, I hit him over the head with a shovel. I didn’t intend to kill him. I just wanted to stop him. Rasheed had already taken everything from me.

Celie grew up Black and poor at a time when Blacks, especially Black women could be beaten and even thrown in jail for being disobedient. Mariam and Laila lived under the Taliban rule in Afghanistan where women had no rights and could also be beaten by men for the slightest disobedience. It’s no wonder that you all learned to be very good and compliant. Randee: And let’s not forget Cal. He thought his Greek Orthodox family with their conservative beliefs would never accept him for who he really was.

4. THE BUTTERFLY CAFE Dialogues In this chapter we explore the six themes that we found in the data: traumatic events, cultural norms, relationships, identity, consciousness and reality, and standing up for oneself, through a series of dialogues with our research participants. The dialogues take place in the Butterfly Café. All of the dialogues are followed by a debriefing session where we summarize and discuss each theme. The butterfly is a symbol of transformative learning. As the characters in the novels lived in different times and countries (and one character had died in the novel), the Butterfly Café transcends time, space, and language.

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