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ERIC Number: EJ912860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0633
Making the Most of Learning outside the Classroom
Qualters, Donna M.
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n124 p95-99 Win 2010
Experiential education is a powerful learning experience for students and it can be a powerful experience for faculty, staff, administrators and the community as well. In other words, a well-thought-out, carefully conceived program of engaging students beyond the classroom walls enriches the university environment and the community in which it is located. In many ways experiential education is truly authentic education, as it assists students in translating classroom knowledge into meaningful learning for their future. Experiential education needs to be viewed as a unique form of pedagogy involving deep reflection, collaboration, and assessment. The author contends that unless experiences outside the classroom are brought into the classroom and integrated with the goals and objectives of the discipline theory, students will continue to have amazing outside experiences but will not readily connect them to their in-class learning. Without reflective experiential education programs, educators lose a valuable opportunity to transform classroom and community learning into a deeper understanding of the world. Working together and having a common method of talking about theory and practice, of exploring the learning that takes place, and of helping students become more independent and authentic in understanding how theory and practice come together to create new ideas and ways of knowing will be the cornerstone of an experiential program that adds significant value to student learning. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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