Randee Lipson Lawrence, Ed.D.


Associate Professor
Adult and Continuing Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

Master's and doctoral courses in adult education and research

Areas of Expertise:

Arts-based research, learning through the arts, qualitative research, holisitic education, transformative learning, feminist pedagogy, collaborative inquiry, experiential learning and non-traditional adult education


Randee Lipson Lawrence, Associate Professor began her career at NLU in 1984 as a facilitator of alternative higher education programs for adults. Her research interests include extrarational ways of knowing and learning through the arts. She is the editor of "Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Learning in Adult Education" and "Artistic Ways of Knowing: Expanded Opportunities for Teaching and Learning", and the author of several publications which exemplify her practice of incorporating affective, cognitive somatic and spiritual dimensions into her teaching. She also works with students to use these processes in their research. Randee currently serves on the editorial boards of Adult Education Quarterly and the Journal of Transformative Education. Additional research interests and commitments include: Feminist pedagogy, collaborative inquiry, experiential learning and non-traditional adult education.


Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University

Research and Interests:

Lawrence, R.L. (Ed.). (2012). Bodies of knowledge: Embodied learning in adult education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. 134. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Lawrence, R.L. (2012). Transformative learning through artistic expression: Getting out of our heads. In E.W. Taylor and P. Cranton (Eds.). Handbook of transformative learning. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Lawrence, R. L. (2012). Awakening Creativity in Sacred Landscapes: A Transformative Learning Journey. Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Transformative Learning Conference. San Francisco CA.

Boucouvalas, M. and Lawrence, R. L. (2010). Adult learning. In A. Rose, C. Kasworm and J. Ross-Gordon (Eds.) Handbook of adult and continuing education. pp. 35-48. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lawrence, R.L. and Cranton. P.(2009). What you see depends upon how you look: A Photographic journey of transformative learning. Journal of Transformative Education 7 (4) 312-331 (Published in 2011).

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