ERIC Number: ED385423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Theory of Experiential Education. A Collection of Articles Addressing the Historical, Philosophical, Social, and Psychological Foundations of Experiential Education. Third Edition.
Warren, Karen, Ed.; And Others
This anthology is a compilation of 46 articles on the foundations of experiential education, previously published in the "Journal of Experiential Education." Section I covers philosophical foundations of experiential education, definitions, objectives, influences of John Dewey and Kurt Hahn, and the role of spirituality in the wilderness adventure experience. Section II examines historical foundations, including a history of the Association for Experiential Education, a profile of Kurt Hahn, change and continuity as exemplified by a case study of Outward Bound, and cultural considerations in experientially-based educational reform. Section III addresses psychological perspectives and issues, including the appropriate mix of experiential learning and information assimilation, the transfer of learning in adventure education, internalization of learning, a Piagetian rationale for experiential education, the spiritual core of experiential education, and teaching for psychological maturity and adult effectiveness. Section IV, on social foundations, discusses racism; the contribution of cultural diversity to positive group experiences; a Native American perspective on "borrowing" activities from another culture; use of gender-free language; a male perspective on feminist theory; sharing lesbian, gay, and bisexual life experiences; and service learning in Native communities. Section V, on theory and practice, examines the essence of experiential education, the student-directed college classroom as a model for teaching experiential education theory, the design of intellectual experience, empowerment through education, a group development model for adventure education, and a stage theory approach to linking theory and practice for college student interns. Section VI discusses ethical issues related to justifying the risk of adventure activities to others, connecting ethics and group leadership, ethics and experiential education as professional practice, moral development, and environmental values. Section VII reviews research on experiential education, adventure education, and outdoor leadership training. Section VIII includes nine speeches and opinion pieces. A combined bibliography contains over 200 references. Includes author profiles and an index of original publication dates. (SV)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Cultural Pluralism, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Educational Psychology, Educational Strategies, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Experiential Learning, Foundations of Education, Higher Education, Social Problems, Theory Practice Relationship
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 4050 Westmark Drive, Dubuque, IA 52004-1840 ($38.95; $30 to AEE members).
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Experiential Education, Boulder, CO.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For companion volume on the practice of experiential education in schools and higher education, see RC 020 188.