Transformative learning for the disabled


  • Rosa Sgambelluri


The expression transformative learning was coined by Jack Mezirow in 1978.
According to the theory of transformative learning, an adult can really
change their meaning schemes if, in their life, they come across a disorienting
dilemma: thus a problem which their previous experience and knowledge
provides no solutions.
However, learning can be transformed if it helps to critically reflect on experiences.
As a result, from the effects of this dilemma, there begins a phase
of reflection, of new awareness and change that involves interpreting perspectives.
The transformation of how a perspective is interpreted also allows for a
more inclusive perspective; one that is available and open to the integration
of new experiences even for disabled person.



How to Cite

Sgambelluri, R. (2018). Transformative learning for the disabled. Formazione & Insegnamento, 16(2 Suppl.), 55–64. Retrieved from

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