EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING in its simplest form is described as, “learning through experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking” (Lewis and Williams, 1994).
Educational theorist David Kolb (1984) defines experiential learning as, “being actively involved in an experience, reflecting on the experience, conceptualizing the experience, and using what you have learned to make decisions and problem solve in order to apply new ideas gained from the experience.” He believes, “learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience”.
Experiential learning allows students to participate in educational opportunities directly related to their academic area of study creating meaningful connections, opportunity for reflection and the development of sustainable skill sets and knowledge.
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