ERIC Number: ED438140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Experiential Education: The Main Dish, Not Just a Side Course.
This paper advocates experiential education to help students actively engage in learning and transfer learning beyond the classroom. The characteristics and advantages of experiential education also provide educators with a more rewarding and enriching teaching experience. Typically, experiential education is viewed as an enhancement to more didactic educational approaches. Educators use experiential lessons and initiatives to foster excitement in students or to take a break from the daily grind of handouts, lectures, and assignments. Rarely is experiential education seen as a central approach to learning. Common misconceptions of experiential education suggest that it must include high adventure and that experiential learning is achieved by simply designing lessons that are active. However, experiential education is a process through which a learner constructs knowledge, skill, and value from direct experiences and from opportunities in order to process, generalize, and apply learning. Opportunities for utilizing experiential education are limited by colleges and universities that seldom offer training and coursework related to experiential learning. In addition, most teachers rely on their prior teacher-centered learning experiences rather than explore the advantages of experiential learning. However, with the assistance of recent publications and an increasing number of trainings and workshops, teachers can begin to incorporate experiential education as a core component of their teaching. Teachers will need to take an active role in seeking out training, materials, and resources to help them move experiential education from being just a side dish to more of a main course. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Selected Monographs from the Association for Experiential Education International Conference (27th, Rochester, NY, October 1999); see RC 022 262.