Transforming Leadership Identity in a Virtual Environment: Learning About the Leading Self

Edith A. Rusch, C. Cryss Brunner

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Schein contends that "unless leaders become learners themselves ... acknowledg[ing] vulnerabilities and uncertainties-then transformational learning will never take that leads to transformative learning, the authors engaged educational leadership doctoral students in an Experimental Simulation, using masked identities in a virtual environment. In order for students to fully examine the how of their knowing-to let go of a set of well practiced good student behaviors and risk personal discomfort required for reflection and transformation, the instruction included the Interactive Learning Model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-69
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Transformative Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

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The author(s) received following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article:The authors did receive funding from UNLV's President's Diversity Initiative to support the original research. Authorship and publication were not supported by funding.


  • experiential learning
  • transformative learning
  • transformative pedagogy


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