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A Hands-On Approach to Learning
What does experiential learning have to offer the student and professional? It may be helpful to give a brief history and description of the interdisciplinary learning modality.
1. What is experiential learning?
To put it into simple layman terms it is taking information received, and putting it into immediate practice or application.
2. How then does this differ from traditional learning?
It is found in the process that takes place between actual presentation, (of given information), and the actual experience of the newly acquired knowledge.
3. What do you mean by process?
4. How does this translate or transfer into my professional or educational setting?
Experiential Learning is concerned with two relationship dynamics: interpersonal and intrapersonal. Interpersonal relationships refer to how people get along in a group, (two or more people). These include communication, cooperation, trust, conflict- resolution, problem-solving, leadership influence, etc. Intrapersonal relationships refer to how an individual gets along with self. These include self-concept, spirituality, confidence, self-efficacy, etc.
Often these relational dynamics may be lacking or altogether missing in the work or educational environment we serve and learn in. A change in behavior and thinking is essential. It is through the direct and purposeful exposure to a variety of experiential methods, props. and settings that healthy and productive change can occur for the participant. This may include but not limited to Play, Music, Art, and Kinesthetic, (body movement),Therapies, Psychodrama, Ropes Challenge Course Programs, Equine / Pet Therapy, Physical Education,Recreational Sports, Games and Initiatives, Adventure & Environmental Education, Indoor/Outdoor Team Building Exercises, Family & Parenting Education and Support Group Work.
Thus, the purpose of Experiential Learning Model is to bring about awareness for these positive changes and how they can be transferred to real life experiences back in an individual's community, family, workplace, school and Faith community.
Translation of this change process may look like the following "measurable outcomes" : (Note: These scenarios serve only as suggestions and are obviously interchangeable with each group setting)
Social Service Programs:
Church or Faith Community:
Outdoor/Indoor Recreational Programs: