Why is Experiential Learning Important?
- Makes learning relatable to students: Students build on what they already know and are provided with opportunities to make connections between new concepts and existing ones.
- Increases the effectiveness of learning: Students engage in critical thinking, acquire problem-solving skills and engage in decision making.
- Links theory to practice: Students have the chance to engage in the experience and practice what they have learned, see the application of the theoretical concepts in practice, process that application, and make generalizations.
- Increases students’ engagement, by encouraging collaboration and scaffolding between learners.
- Assists in memory retention, by building strong relationships between feelings and thinking processes. Students have the capacity to learn successfully when the information is associated with values and feelings.
- Leads to the development of skills for lifelong learning, by assisting in the acquisition of essential skills and encouraging students to reflect, conceptualize, and plan for the next steps.
- Combines direct experience with focused reflection;
- Builds on past knowledge and experiences;
- Requires active involvement in meaning construction;
- Encourages collaboration and exchange of ideas and perspectives;
- Can be course focused or in-class, community-focused, or work-focused.
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