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Experiential Learning & Experiential Education: Philosophy, theory, practice & resources

Experiential Learning & Experiential Education: Philosophy, theory, practice & resources
Several authors (e.g., Kraft, 1991; Richards, 1977) have pointed out that experiential learning dates back beyond recorded history and remains pervasive in current society, whether formalized by educational institutions or occurring informally in day-to-day life. In this sense, experiential learning is not an alternative approach, but the most traditional and fundamental method of human learning. Ironically, the current perception of experiential education as different is probably less due to new developments in experiential learning than it is to the normalization of didactic teaching as the mainstream educational methodology. Since the 1950's there has been a growing focus in writings and research specifically on experiential learning. Major sources for such material related to experiential learning in the outdoors are journals, conferences, books (e.g., edited texts that focus on current thinking in experiential learning such as Boud, et al., 1993; Weil & McGill, 1989), and websites. Related:  Learner-Centered InstructionECE ResourcesCapstone Project

Experiential education Experiential education is a philosophy of education that describes the process that occurs between a teacher and student that infuses direct experience with the learning environment and content.[1] The term is not interchangeable with experiential learning; however experiential learning is a sub-field and operates under the methodologies of experiential education.[2] The Association for Experiential Education regards experiential education as "a philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities."[3] Experiential education is the term for the philosophy and educational progressivism is the movement which it informed. About[edit] John Dewey was an educator, but he was foremost a philosopher. Dewey advocated that education be based upon the quality of experience.

Is Lecturing Culturally Biased? For years, politicians and policy makers have cried out for more students to complete STEM degrees to improve the nation's workforce. According to a Department of Education statistical analysis report (PDF, 1.6MB), nearly half (48 percent) of the undergraduates pursuing STEM degrees between 2003 and 2009 dropped that major -- and there are whole white papers trying to figure out why (PDF, 3.1MB). Some of the hypotheses proposed are an unwelcoming science culture and uninspired introductory classes. A recent study in the journal of CBE Life Sciences Education adds one more: lecture halls aren't the way to get minority students to keep taking science courses. Lecture halls of hundreds of students are as much a feature of undergraduate education as an achievement gap between different races and socioeconomic backgrounds (PDF, 1.2MB). The Power of Active Learning Figure 1. ("Exam Performance" values are acquired from a regression model from the study and are not actual raw data.) Figure 1.

STEM Challenges | Preschool Matters... Today! From the National Journal: ” . . . And let’s not forget the optics. Science is still for nerds, Bill Gates’ fame aside. These are teenagers we’re talking about, after all. To the average girl on the street, meeting the Seattle Seahawks is still way cooler than meeting a superstar rocket scientist. If that girl’s in preschool, though, she doesn’t yet think that the Seattle Seahawks are cooler than Sid the Science Kid. How can we ensure that she never does learn these lessons about STEM? Yet, many of the challenges for upper grades teaching plague earlier grades, too. Consider this a plea for putting a fair amount of these newly committed teacher training dollars into early education. –Kimberly Brenneman, Assistant Research Professor, NIEER

Teen Help: Parenting Troubled Teens with Dr. John Huie, Educational Consultant A List of the Top 200 Education Blogs All those interested in education’s have got you covered. From humor blogs on college life to one stop shops for school athletics to blogs all about education policy and new technologies, if there’s a good education blog out there, you can bet it made our list. And if you’re looking for something off the beaten track, check out our blog, My Dog Ate My Blog. While we can’t guarantee you’ll learn much about education, you can find important information on 2012 and vampires. News & Trends Teaching Learning Professor Blogs College Campus Life School Athletics International & Study Abroad E-Learning Administrators & Departments Technology & Innovation Admissions & Rankings Internet Culture Education Policy Specialty Libraries & Research Librarian Blogs Miscellaneous

Background Knowledge & Theory The Basics Features of Project-Based Instruction Issues Raised About Project-Based Learning The Student in Project-Based Instruction Instructional Sequence in Project-Based Instruction Summary Four Stages of Inquiry: Applying Theory to Projects in This Web Site Project "Warm-ups" in Social Studies Project-based learning is a comprehensive instructional approach to engage students in sustained, cooperative investigation (Bransford & Stein, 1993). Within its framework students collaborate, working together to make sense of what is going on. Students pursue solutions to nontrivial problems by asking and refining questions debating ideas making predictions designing plans and/or experiments collecting and analyzing data drawing conclusions communicating their ideas and findings to others asking new questions creating artifacts (Blumenfeld et al., 1991). There are two essential components of projects: 1. Top 1. Support is essential. Problem-based learning & project-based learning (Moore et al., 1996).

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education Mia Christopher Some big education issues have been making headlines, including how many and what kind of standardized tests should be used in education, implementation of Common Core State Standards and the Vergara ruling in California challenging teacher tenure. But many educators continue to focus on the more personal issues behind these headlines: how to improve their craft, serve students better, nurture well-rounded, emotionally intelligent students and make educational change in more fundamental ways. Teachers have long known that struggles in the classroom are often a reflection of society as much as of academic ability. And beyond the many challenges related to rising poverty rates, there is the uniquely confusing moment in which society finds itself. Around the globe, economies are shifting away from machine-focused industries and toward human-powered creative industries. Saying students should drive their own learning is much easier than helping them do it.

John Dewey on the True Purpose of Education and How to Harness the Power of Our Natural Curiosity by Maria Popova “While it is not the business of education … to teach every possible item of information, it is its business to cultivate deep-seated and effective habits of discriminating tested beliefs from mere assertions, guesses, and opinions.” “Do not feel absolutely certain of anything,” philosopher Bertrand Russell instructed in the first of his ten timeless commandments of teaching and learning in 1951. In How We Think (free download; public library) — his timelessly stimulating 1910 treatise on the art of reflection and fruitful curiosity — John Dewey, one of the most influential minds of the twentieth century, distills the purpose and ideals of education with remarkable clarity and conviction. Dewey champions the role of education in equipping us with the sort of critical thinking necessary for questioning authority, deconditioning our “mental bad habits,” and dispelling false beliefs and illusory ideas bequeathed to us by society: He later adds: Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr

Military parents embrace homeschooling ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. — A growing number of military parents want to end the age-old tradition of switching schools for their kids. They’ve embraced homeschooling, and are finding support on bases, which are providing resources for families and opening their doors for home schooling cooperatives and other events. PHOTOS: A salute to America's warriors on the front lines of the war on terror “If there’s a military installation, there’s very likely home-schoolers there if you look,” said Nicole McGhee, 31, of Cameron, N.C., a mother of three with a husband stationed at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg who runs a Facebook site on military home schooling. At Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, the library sported special presentations for home-schoolers on Benjamin Franklin and static electricity. Fort Bragg offers daytime taekwondo classes. There are also events outside the co-op, such as a planned camping trip for kids reading Jean Craighead’s “My Side of the Mountain.”

learning and KM insights - Friday, September 10, 2004 Personal KM: one-person enterprise Still thinking of personal KM... There is a very funny analogy here with KM in general: some people are fixated on PKM technologies and others saying that this is wrong (next to it, of course, there is a whole discussion on using the "wrong" term to label the phenomenon :) For me the truth is somewhere in between. Explaining my PhD research and ideas behind personal KM I find one-person enterprise metaphor useful (please, note that I stole this idea and some others from time management book by Gleb Archangelsky). So, think of yourself as about a knowledge-intensive company: What are your main products? I'd say that my PhD work is mainly about functions/departments of one-person enterprise and their relations... Unrelated note: there are several blog discussions on PKM that I'm following without being engaged much because of time constrains...