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ERIC Number: ED438141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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What Is an Experiential Learner?
Donahue, Lynn M.
This paper focuses on the learning experiences of two college students enrolled in an experientially based art education course. The students, "Beth" and "Alissa," were interviewed regarding their responses to viewing an art exhibit. The students also completed a writing assignment incorporating personal contemplations about how they processed their learning experiences. Beth was more contemplative in her learning style and described herself as an "active listener," while Alissa learned in a more engaged and reflective way. Beth and Alissa were also asked how their learning experiences could be applied to the four principles of experiential learning: engagement, reflective, responsible, and relevant. According to learning theorists, experiential learning occurs when students are engaged intellectually and involved in an active way as evidenced by taking responsibility, ownership, and control over their learning; reflecting on the process and product of their learning; and connecting their learning with what is relevant to themselves and the world around them. The stories of Alissa and Beth illustrate how both students learned in experiential ways, yet differed in the manner in which they expressed their learning. However, Alissa and Beth did not demonstrate all four principles of experiential learning within the scenarios described, and they indicated a lack of experiential learning in other situations. Variables of student and instructor characteristics, as well as the issue of learning how to learn in experiential ways, need to be addressed in future research. (Contains 21 references.) (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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