ERIC Number: ED404949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Experiential Learning in Higher Education: Linking Classroom and Community. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 7.
Cantor, Jeffrey A.
This report reviews the literature and research on the use of experiential learning in higher education, focusing on classroom-community linkages. It defines experiential learning and reviews the current employment of experiential learning in higher education. An introductory section explains the politics and policy issues of experiential learning at the higher education level and describes predominant forms of experiential education, current levels of participation, a conceptual framework, and administrative issues and concerns. The next two sections discuss the issues in programs using experiential learning in the arts and humanities, social sciences, health care, social work, science and engineering, business education, and technology programs. The fourth section focuses on experiential learning in the context of service learning with emphasis on the linking of theory and practice and cross disciplinary pedagogical and instructional issues. The fifth section reviews cooperative education initiatives which link classroom and community for benefits for faculty, community, students, and businesses. The final section provides a synthesis of successful practices. This section stresses the importance of a systematic approach to designing experiential learning activities, program administration, and evaluation. (Contains approximately 120 references.) (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, Service Learning
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 ($18, plus $3.75 postage and handling).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Note: For a digest of this report, see HE 029 964.