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Patricia A. Cranton


Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1976
Visiting Professor of Adult Education
Penn State - Harrisburg, Adult Education Program

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Patricia completed her Ph.D. in 1976 at the University of Toronto. She was at McGill University from 1976 to 1986 in the Department of Educational Psychology, then at Brock University from 1986 to 1996 in the adult education program. She initiated and directed Brock University’s Instructional Development Office during that time. Patricia was a Visiting Professor of Adult Education at the University of New Brunswick, and most recently a Visiting Professor of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, from 2002 to 2005.

Patricia has published 12 books in the areas of adult and higher education along with numerous journal articles and conference presentations.

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Cranton, P. (2005) Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  • Cranton, P. (ed.) (2006). Authenticity in teaching. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, no. 111.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Cranton, P., & Carusetta, E. (2004). Perspectives on authenticity in teaching, Adult Education Quarterly, 55(1), 5-22.
  • Cranton, P., & Carusetta, E. (2004). Developing authenticity in teaching as transformative learning.  Journal of Transformative Education 2(4), 276-293.
  •   Cranton, P. (2007, in press). The resilience of soul.  In T. Leonard, & P. Willis (eds.). Pedagogies of the imagination: Mythopoetic curriculum in educational practice.  New York: Peter Lang.
  • Cranton, P. (2007, in press). Transformative learning theory as a framework for acquiring knowledge for social sustainability.  In P. Willis, R. Harris, S. Gelade, & S. McKenzie, S. (eds.). Rethinking work and learning: Adult and vocational education and social sustainability. New York: Springer