Transformative learning is a process of examining, questioning, validating and revisiting our perspectives. It leads to re-evaluating past beliefs and experiences which have previously been understood within assumptions derived from others. In cooperative group learning, individuals share information and expertise in order to work together on a task. The emphasis is on the task rather than the process, and the experience is fairly structured.
In collaborative group learning, individuals work together to construct their own understanding of each other and their social world. The emphasis is on the process and the interactions among the people involved – listening to and respecting others, understanding alternative perspectives, challenging and questioning others, negotiating points of view, and caring for both the individuals and the group as a whole..
In transformative group learning, members engage in critical reflection in order to examine their expectations, assumptions, and perspectives about the world around them. The goal is increased self-awareness and empowerment through consciousness raising.
Types of Group Learning