ERIC Number: ED260640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Research Agenda for Experiential Education in the 80's. PANEL Resource Paper #14.
Anderson, Jennifer; And Others
The current status of research on experiential learning (primarily at the postsecondary level) is discussed, based in part on responses from a seven-member panel. Methodological considerations and proposed research agendas are also covered. Current research on experiential learning, which focuses on program design and impacts on the learner, falls into three main categories: program evaluation, career development, and personal-life skills development. While program-centered evaluation studies have provided a foundation of practical and theoretical information, the repertoire of research methodologies needs to be expanded. The most prevalent approach to research in experiential programs has been self-report surveys. Efforts need to be made toward using standardized tests/measures and enlarging sample sizes. The consulting panel recommended other approaches, including use of experimental and control groups, comparative studies of experiential learning, case studies, and longitudinal studies. Attention is also directed to four agendas that concern research on: experiential education practices and program structures, curricular concerns, ethnographic and demographic characteristics, and educational and public policies. Specific inventories and questionnaires are also described. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, Raleigh, NC. Peer Assistance Network in Experiential Learning.
Note: For related documents, see HE 018 617-635.