ERIC Number: ED111319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Rationales for Experiential Education. Research Report No. 3.
Sexton, Robert F.; Ungerer, Richard A.
The concept of experiential education, defined as learning outside the normal classroom environment that has been planned for prior to the experience, is reviewed. This includes internships, field experience, practicums, and cooperative education. Topics covered deal with the liberal arts, professional training, institutional reform and the community, new goals of education, the transition from school to work, career exploration and issues of employment, work and service. Taken as a whole, the literature of experiential education is concluded to call for a new interpretation of the relationships of the individual to those institutions that affect him, including education, the workplace, and citizenship. It is suggested that to create an environment hospitable to true life-long learning, the relationships between learning and working and serving must be redrawn in such a way that the individual can gain more from all three activities and see that the three activities are not necessarily unrelated. The need is also cited to rethink the methods of teaching general or liberal arts education and to relate this type of learning to the acquisition of specific competencies or skills. (LBH)
Descriptors: College Students, Cooperative Education, Educational Experiments, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Internship Programs, Learning Experience, Literature Reviews, Practicums, Teaching Methods, Work Experience Programs
Publications Department, American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 780, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.