The purpose of transformative education is to empower learners to see the social world differently, through an ever more ethical lens, so that they will challenge and change the status quo as agents of change.
Learning in the transformative paradigm involves understanding the world in a different way, changing the way we experience it and the way we act in our day-to-day lives. it has an individual and a collective dimension, and includes both individual and social transformation. Learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is a shift of consciousness that dramatically and permanently alters our way of being in the world. This shift includes our understanding of ourselves and our self-locations and our relationships with other humans and with the natural world. It also involves our understanding of power relations in interlocking structures of class, race and gender, our body awareness, our visions of alternative approaches to living, and our sense of possibilities for social justice, and personal happiness.
The ultimate purpose of education is to foster critical reflection and informed action. Critical reflection refers to thoughtful consideration of everyday experiences and social situations, with focused attention on issues of power, privilege, and social structure. Critical reflection leads to an imperative to think and act toward a positive change of the status quo.