The Liminal Learning Space

In the Universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them are doors.– William Blake

Opening these doors, will lead you into the liminal learning space. It is the space of transition between what you already know and what you need to learn. It is the space “where all transformation takes place, if we learn to wait and let it form us” (Pier Learning, 2016).

My Liminal Space Diagram. Illustrating how we must pass through the liminal space to enter new areas of growth.

Sometimes we enter this space by choice, but other times it can be thrust upon us. As learners this space can be uncomfortable as we are confronted to grow, re-discover and critically self-reflect. The remarkable thing about the liminal space is that it is transformational. You become transformed with not only greater knowledge, but with greater self. Learning lies not in the outcome, but in the process (Land, Meyer & Baillie, 2010). It is in this process, that we experience setbacks, failures and if we keep forging ahead, success.

As educators it is important to guide students through the liminal space of learning by encouraging a ‘growth mindset’. This hard work and self-belief can lead to a greater sense of self-efficacy. This persistence, allows you to work through challenges, make connections and finally transform (Shanahan, 2017). 

The liminal space is our ‘invitation to growth’ (Pier Learning, 2016). It is not until you accept this invitation, that you realise how valuable it is. 

Go on, open that door.

Leaving the Liminal Space we can experience happiness and success as a result of our personal growth..

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