Informational vs. Transformational Learning


This is the second of 3 related blog posts about the education system and schooling.. Number one is here.

There are two ways of learning. Informational learning and transformational learning.  Our education system creates and informational learning system for us.  What exactly is informational learning? It’s teachers talking, students listening, taking notes, taking tests and getting that ever important “letter” grade at the end.  It’s about memorization and regurgitation.  Whoever can master that can master the schooling system.  One could go their entire schooling life and never really learn anything, they just master the system of remembering the right things for the right tests.

Transformational learning on the other hand is all about letting individuals figure out the answer on their own.  It’s a much slower way of learning but it triggers more creativity, empowerment, problem solving and real world applicability.  Boundaries are more open and the mind is able to collect, gather and create as it wants.

We need transformational learning in our society.  This can be applied to teaching someone something or giving them mentorship advice.  You can supply them with the canvas but make sure it is blank! They will fill out the rest and create something greater than you and they ever imagined.




2 thoughts on “Informational vs. Transformational Learning

  1. If knowledge is considered power then the continuation of our education must be a direct path to the many successes that potentially lie before us. Whether it is voluntary or required, sessions of educational teachings provide opportunities to advance our mind and expand our context of life, allowing our creative minds to unlock hidden doors and increase the specific content in which we shelter. For example, in the beginning stages of education like kindergarten through high school, with the exception of a few practices being higher education and specific trade schools, learning is somewhat of a forced activity or for a better word, a requirement. For some, the progress of education in a scholastic environment will undoubtedly reach an ending point such as high school and various forms of higher education. Yet what if we found a point during our educational career when we arrived at a breaking point of accumulating knowledge? This point of accumulation through education breaks the barrier of learning because we’re required to and changes into becoming a self fulfilling goal to learn because we want to.

    Reaching this waterfall of continued self learning can be compared to what happens when a committed act is so pleasing, the end result turns into an addiction; wanting to increase the “high” we’ve experience from the sensation it gives us and take it to greater lengths each and every time thereafter. This manifestation of addiction increases the pleasurable sensation felt. The effect is much like a drug or any other mind altering substance, yet the extended difference of time frame from an addiction to a drug to the addition of acquiring new knowledge lasts longer than any drug or mind altering substance ever will.

    What is incredibly hard to understand about this concept is that without reaching this particular breaking point and experiencing the educational addiction first hand, our thoughts about the truth of this concept is usually met by the absence of proof. Simply believing in something that has never been proven takes a unique type of vision – to see beyond the present unknown and faithfully believe that with continual exercise of the mind, this point may be reached and thus conquered, leading to an addiction of personal self education.

    Now, think about the concept of contagiousness. If right now you are struggling to grasp the connection between education and addiction I must ask you to do one thing. Ask this question to whom you respect or admire for their educational prowess. “What is it that makes acquiring new and different knowledge so interesting?” Most responses will result in, “I love to learn new things.” The key word here is love. Love is a form of addiction. To love something you must be drawn with such a magnetic-like attraction that you’ll do anything to get it. The result of this addiction is easily seen by those who have experienced this mindful exhilaration; breaking the point of being required to learn and the power of wanting to learn. Where contagiousness plays its part is when a person who has never experienced an addiction of this sort has seen others revel in this awesomely catering light and especially in people you are closely connected to who have “been there, done that.” A common fear I’ve observed among people is being left out or left behind, in any instance. If you’ve seen yourself as one who’s been left out, the feeling may remind you of an incredibly uncomfortable situation, possibly even saddening you because of this unreached parallel level of your peers. What is even more difficult is to step back, look around, and not see any one of your peers, including yourself, who has scaled their personal mountain of life-long learning. If this in fact describes your experience, you have now found yourself in not a limiting set of circumstances, but an incredible opportunity to become an initiator and an activist in educational stimulation.

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