Vickers, A. (2021). Transpersonal teaching in the face of adversity: How can a teacher’s inner process work/innate qualities support creativity for a transformative online experience during Covid -19? [Unpublished Master’s thesis]. Alef Trust & Liverpool John Moores University.

The aim of this study is to explore how a teacher’s inner process work/ innate qualities can support creativity for a transformative online learning experience during an adverse situation, such as Covid 19, a global pandemic which emerged at the end of 2019. Many teachers were forced to quickly pivot to online teaching, prompting me to engage in heuristic inquiry, a qualitative research method, to explore the subjective living experiences of these teachers, including my own. Taking all ethical aspects into consideration, I carried out semi structured interviews with eight teacher “co-researchers”. Analysis of interviews uncovered themes and the results are presented through individual depictions, a composite depiction and a creative synthesis. The discussion looks at the findings in the data in relation to relevant literature and through a transpersonal lens. Finally, the limitations of the study are explored and ideas for future research identified. Key findings in the data would suggest that it is the quality of the teacher-student relationship, emanating from teacher presence, which could potentially overcome the challenges of pivoting to online teaching and create possibilities in the future for transformative learning.

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