IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Transformative Learning Theory: Learning By Transforming And Changing


  • Burhan Akpinar

    () (Firat University)


In this manuscript, Mezirow’s transformative learning theory is studied. In this context, the definition, dimensions of transformative learning, the roles of teachers and learners in transformative learning and its curricular scopes are analyzed. In the study held as analyses of the literature, the following results are reached: Transformative learning theory is formed with a synthesis of critical reflection and hermeneutics. Its philosophic background is based on existentialism and humanism. It also has some signs of constructivism, postmodernism and theory of chaos, and philosophers like Habermas, Freire and Sartre. Learning is a reconstruction of consciousness according to this theory that brings new dimensions to educational concepts. The class is a society of individuals who seek to make new meanings of experiences. The learner is a reflective and empathetic participant; and teacher is a catalyst of transformation. The curriculum is a transformating interaction in this theory. It is argued as a result of this study that this theory may contribute to education in issues like effective learning, changing/transforming as a whole class, and functional schooling. It is also found out that this theory may lead to new expansions in adult education and teacher education.

Suggested Citation

  • Burhan Akpinar, 2010. "Transformative Learning Theory: Learning By Transforming And Changing," Anadolu University Journal of Social Sciences, Anadolu University, vol. 10(2), pages 185-198, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:and:journl:v:10:y:2010:i:2:p:185-198

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Gerhard Clemenz & Mona Ritthaler, 1992. "Credit markets with asymmetric information : a survey," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 5(1), pages 12-26, Spring.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    Transformative Learning; Learning by Transforming; Inservice Teacher Training; Adult Education;

    JEL classification:

    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:and:journl:v:10:y:2010:i:2:p:185-198. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Social Sciences Institute). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.