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ERIC Number: EJ954176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1945-9009
Experiential Learning: An Exploration of Situated and Service Learning
Huisman, Sarah; Edwards, Allison
AILACTE Journal, v8 p15-35 Fall 2011
Two separate research studies explored two types of experiential learning, situated learning and service learning, used in a liberal arts university setting to further understand their importance in the learning process. From both the service learning and situated learning research, two main findings emerged, limited student reflection and connection of course objectives to the experiential experiences. The lack of continuous, critical reflection in both courses hindered the students' learning. Furthermore, little connection was made between the course content or objectives and the experiences. Results from these studies provide insight and knowledge into the importance of structuring quality experiential learning courses. More specifically, the findings show the importance of instructors designing and structuring courses, which incorporate opportunities for students to learn how to critically reflect by engaging in ongoing reflection throughout the experience and purposefully aligning the objectives of the course with the goals of the experiential learning project to have more positive outcomes on student learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A