Several experts authored the theories, models, and concepts that form the basis for TLO's approach to Back-End learning. David Kolb, from Case Western Reserve almost single handedly created the field of experiential learning, which is the primary launch point for TLO's approach. Jack Mezirow, from Columbia University, is due credit for his development of Transformative Learning. Three Self-Directed Neuroplasticity pioneers, Louis Cozolino, Jeffery Schwartz, and Rick Hanson provide the tools and techniques that make it possible to learn even the most complex socio-emotional skills in a concentrated, focused way.
Experiential Learning is the foundation for TLO's Back-End skill building programs. We use experiential learning with individuals who want to develop more effective ways of solving difficult personal or professional problems. We also use it with executives who want to build the new talents they need to lead their organizations.
Transformational Learning is the approach we use with TLO Thought Partners who wants to alter habitual belief patterns that clearly are producing dissatisfying or dysfunctional consequences. It's also the modality we use when a TLO Thought Partner wants and needs to initiate a fundamental shift in the basic premises they're holding about their life and the world.
Self-Directed Neuroplasticity is the learning approach we use when a given thought partner is ready to imprint new neurobiological connections and networks that they've catalyzed. Self-Directed Neuroplasticity's tools are those that we use when we're helping a thought partner permanently stabilize the results of their experiential and transformational work. Together, these three methodologies compose the set of tools and techniques that we use to help our clients firmly establish new neuronal architecture. They're the foundation of TLO's approach to both horizontal and vertical learning.
Here are some pertinent references to the work of each of these individuals:
Kolb, David: Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Prentice Hall, Inc. (1984)
Kolb, David: Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Learning Creation. (A. C. Baker, D. A. Kolb, et al.). Quorum Books. (2002)
Kolb, David: On Management and the Learning Process. Scholar's Choice Edition. (2015)
Mezirow, Jack: Fostering Critical Reflection in Adulthood: A Guide to Transformative and Emancipatory Learning. Jossey-Bass.(1990)
Mezirow, Jack:Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning. Jossey-Bass. (1991)
Cozolino, Louis; The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain.
Hanson, Rick; Self-Directed Brain Change: Rewire Your Neural Pathways for Happiness and Resilience
Schwartz, Jeffrey; The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
Schwartz, Jeffrey; You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution
When these three approaches are fully integrated into one coherent learning package, they produce a learning program that any individual can use to explore and evaluate the presuppositional nature of his or her habitual modes of thinking, feeling, and acting. As an integrated package, these three technologies make use of specific experiential and transformational learning concepts and techniques that anyone can use to design their own self-directed learning experiments. Together, these three self-directed learning methodologies are what create effective transformational changes.