Informal Transformative Learning from a Life-Threatening Illness

  title={Informal Transformative Learning from a Life-Threatening Illness},
  author={Chad Hoggan},
This chapter explores how a life-threatening illness, specifically breast cancer, is an important site of informal learning. Research literature on the psychosocial transition of breast cancer, posttraumatic growth, and transformative learning theory are connected. Based on research, a model for informal transformative learning is presented. Broadly, this model has three elements: Crisis, Coping, and Engagement. The model addresses ways that a life-threatening illness can cause acute challenges… 
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