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ERIC Number: EJ1177590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0143
Majoring in the Minor: A Closer Look at Experiential Learning
Braid, Bernice
Honors in Practice, v14 p91-98 2018
Experiential learning is, for the author, a preeminent means to accomplish goals that are fundamental to the entire educational enterprise. It is a set of strategies that structure acquisition of information, analysis of ideas, and self-reflection in order to pull people into active engagement with their world. Among these strategies are skills of observation and interpretation that require learners to take careful note and to examine themselves as processors of the details they themselves assemble into meaningful patterns, thus generating the insight, over and over again, that it is they who create the meaning they come to attach to events and to human interchange. The greater their awareness of what it is they are doing, the likelier it is that the meanings they create will confer on them the edge it takes to move forward with strength and to be part of a world they really want to be part of. In some sense, then, these strategies help students to be actors, not objects of everyone else's acting on them. Students often say that one or another immersion experience has "transformed" them. Educators often call this metamorphosis "empowerment." Proust said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." The challenge of undertaking activities that might produce and develop those new eyes has been the work of the author's professional life for more than thirty years. From that work she pulls out a few principles to consider in this essay. [This essay is a somewhat revised version of a plenary address that Bernice Braid delivered at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Honors Association, hosted by Fayetteville State University, September 28-29, 2007. This article was originally printed in "Honors in Practice" v4 2008.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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