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ERIC Number: EJ1081286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Creating and Maintaining a Safe Space in Experiential Learning
Kisfalvi, Veronika; Oliver, David
Journal of Management Education, v39 n6 p713-740 Dec 2015
The increasing popularity of experiential learning in management education raises a number of new opportunities and challenges for instructors, particularly with regard to shifting instructor roles and attention to learning through one's emotions. In this article, we draw on psychodynamics--in particular D. W. Winnicott's notions of "transitional space" and "holding"--to delineate what a "safe space" might look like in a management education context. We propose that experiential learning can result in deeper learning when conducted in such a space, which consists of appropriate physical aspects, trust, respect, suspension of judgment and censorship, a willingness to share, and high-quality listening. We further propose that a safe space can be developed and maintained by creating a strong container early on, establishing ground rules, providing lessons in listening and witnessing, teaching by example, and developing a reflexive attitude.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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