Powerful experiences in a supportive environment can promote deep learning which has a life-long impact.(Source: Scoffham and Barnes 2009 ‘Transformational Experiences and Deep Learning’ in Journal of Education for Teaching 35, 3 p268)
The main learning experience was what I learnt about myself and my attitude to others. It is rather awful to realise that before I visited (India) my overriding feeling towards the people I was to meet was pity – almost in a superior way…..I very quickly realised that whilst they might need my help, they certainly didn’t need my pity and I quite envied some of them their lives. .. this was a very positive experience for me although rather painful.
Mature female teacher education student