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ERIC Number: ED481922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 11
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An Interpretation of Dewey's Experiential Learning Theory.
Roberts, T. Grady
"Experience and Education" (John Dewey, 1938) serves as a foundation piece of literature when discussing experiential learning. To facilitate a better understanding, a conceptual model was developed. In John Dewey's experiential learning theory, everything occurs within a social environment. Knowledge is socially constructed and based on experiences. This knowledge should be organized in real-life experiences that provide a context for the information. The teacher's role is to organize this content and to facilitate the actual experiences. The experiences are based on the capabilities and readiness of the learners. The quality of the experience is the primary component of the theory. Upon completion of the experience, learners have the knowledge and ability to apply it to differing situations. Thus, they have created new knowledge and are at a different level of readiness for continued acquisition and construction of new knowledge. Includes a figure and a reference. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Conceptual Models; Dewey (John); Knowledge Acquisition