ERIC Number: EJ1160777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
The Evolution of Experiential Learning Theory: Tracing Lines of Research in the "JEE"
Seaman, Jayson; Brown, Mike; Quay, John
Journal of Experiential Education, v40 n4 pNP1-NP21 Dec 2017
This essay introduces a collection of past articles from the "Journal of Experiential Education" ("JEE") focused on the concept of experiential learning. It outlines the historical trajectory of the concept beginning with human relations training practices beginning in 1946, as it came to be understood as a naturally occurring psychological process and a grounding for pedagogical reforms. The eight articles included in the issue reflect the way "JEE" authors have contended with problems arising from the concept's departure from its origins in practice. We suggest that experiential learning's evolution into a general theory was accomplished by decoupling it from its roots in a particular social practice and ideology, and then focusing on the concept's technical problems. It is now important for researchers to revisit assumptions underpinning current theory and practice, situate research on experiential learning in wider practical and scholarly traditions, and develop new vocabularies concerning the relationship between experience and learning in educational programs.
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Learning Theories, Educational Research, Periodicals, Journal Articles, Psychology
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