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This autoethnographic research project examines the transformational learning of a transracial adoptive adult mother and daughter through the lens of postcolonialism. As collaborative researchers, adult adoptee and adoptive mother, examine this lifelong learning experience through critical self-reflection, qualitative meta-analysis, and autoethnographic research methods within the overarching historical and sociopolitical context of Haiti. The findings address the lived complexities of increasingly hybrid families, particularly around the contentious boundaries of race, nationality, and colonial history, as they impact transformational learning. Color blindness and racial identity development for both mother and daughter within their relationship are explored. Implications for adult educators around the use of autoethnography to engage the social imagination and employ disclosure toward transformative learning are discussed.


Published in Journal of Transformative Education, vol. 16, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 39–57, doi:10.1177/1541344617715709.

A follow-up book was published in 2020 - Learning to Disclose: A Journey of Transracial Adoption by Joni Schwartz & Rebecca Schwartz was published by The Peter Lang Group.



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