E-Learning and Transformative Learning in Adult Training

Evgenia Pavlakou, Konstantinos Kalachanis, Sophia Kefali, Eleni Tsiouni


Transformative learning refers to the process of transforming frameworks through which adults interpret the experiences, values, feelings, and shape their actions and living conditions, combined with the cultural context in which they are socialized. In this process the adult re-evaluates the experiences he has gained since his childhood, resulting in a new knowledge through critical thinking. Transformative learning is applied to adult education where the aim is to acquire new professional skills based on the needs of learners. The ability to apply distance learning asynchronously releases it from spatial or temporal constraints, making it suitable for the implementation of transformative learning. The trainer can take advantage of the technological applications (video, presentations, etc. asynchronous communication, and e mail) and authoritative scientific sources of the internet. This activates the trainee in a heuristic course towards the knowledge that will move his interest and will change his / her perceptual systems by leading him / herself into self-realization. Therefore, the use of distance learning in adult education is fully in line with the principles of transforming learning.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jse.v9i2.14265


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