Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Transformational Learning

  • Ali SimsekEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_373

Synonyms

Definition

Transformational learning is the process of deep, constructive, and meaningful learning that goes beyond simple knowledge acquisition and supports critical ways in which learners consciously make meaning of their lives. It is the kind of learning that results in a fundamental change in our worldview as a consequence of shifting from mindless or unquestioning acceptance of available information to reflective and conscious learning experiences that bring about true emancipation. As Mezirov (2000) puts it, transformational learning is one’s becoming critically aware of tacit assumptions/expectations and assessing their relevance for making an interpretation.

As the definition implies, transformational learning often leads to profound changes in our thoughts, feelings, perspectives, beliefs, and behaviors because it is a radical shift of consciousness that permanently alters our way of being in the world. In other words, transformational...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Communication SciencesAnadolu UniversityEskisehirTurkey