Highlighting how students most effectively learn through experience, experiential learning theory is well-known for its application to higher education teaching and learning, and the facilitation of educational experiences both within and beyond the classroom.
The concept of deliberate exposure and practice in influencing higher order thought, learning, and development dates back to the early work of Plato and Aristotle.
Experiential learning is considered the specific process by which a student acquires knowledge or meets learning goals through experience.
Whereas, experiential education refers to the pedagogically grounded development and facilitation of the learning experience.
This resource includes information on:
- The pedagogical foundations of experiential learning and Kolb’s experiential learning theory.
- Alternative theories that can be applied to enhance the quality of student experience.
- Quality criteria for facilitating student’s learning through experience.