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ERIC Number: EJ987447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8259
Tasting Wine: A Learning Experience
King, Tanya J.; Donaldson, Jilleen A.; Harry, Emma
Journal of Experiential Education, v35 n3 p464-479 Fall 2012
This paper describes a field trip by senior undergraduate anthropology students to a local winery, where they participated in a wine-tasting class with winery staff. In response to explicit hints from a wine-tasting facilitator, and more subtle cues from the cultural capital embedded in their surroundings and the winery staff, the students expressed a shift in their perception of the wines as they learned to taste them in a way that was socially validated. In this way the students learned, as embodied knowledge, how their physical senses were influenced by their cultural surroundings. We describe the student excursion, and particularly their experiences, and we consider the trend in experiential learning literature to focus on the reflection stage in the constructivist cycle of experience, reflection, abstraction, and testing. While recognising the pedagogic value of reflection and rule extrapolation, we seek to characterise the learning that occurs "in the moment."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia