ERIC Number: ED404948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Experiential Learning in Higher Education: Linking Classroom and Community. ERIC Digest.
Cantor, Jeffrey A.
Based on a longer report with the same title, this digest summarizes research on the use of experiential learning in higher education, focusing on classroom-community linkages. While the literature suggests that experiential learning is a necessary and vital component of formal instruction in colleges and universities, controversy exists among scholars and educators about its place and use. Faculty are concerned with optimizing the chances for their students to more easily enter their chosen professions or meet their desired goals upon graduation due to increasing competition among college graduates across most fields of study. Experiential learning programs exist across the range of subject areas and disciplines, and include cooperative education placements, practicum experiences, and classroom-based hands-on activities. Professional and technical disciplines, including education, health careers, and social work, are using experiential instructional techniques to provide students with the competencies necessary to pursue successful careers upon graduation. The literature also reveals some not-so-obvious benefits of experiential learning, including school-community linkages, proactive economic development outcomes, and technology transfers. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Cooperative Education, Economic Development, Educational Attitudes, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Outcomes of Education, Practicums, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship
ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 10036-1183 ($1).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.