Experiential Learning (EL)
Experiential Learning is a teaching philosophy and methodology by which educators purposely engage with learners in direct experience, focused reflection, and authentic assessment in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and strategies, and clarify values which all contribute to people's capacity to be engaged citizens (adapted from Association of Experiential Education, https://aee.org/about).
Principles of EL Practice
EL occurs when carefully chosen experiences are supported by reflection, critical analysis and synthesis.
Experiences are structured to require the learner to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for results.
Throughout the experiential learning process, the learner is actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems, assuming responsibility, being creative, and constructing meaning.
The results of the learning are personal and form the basis for future experience and learning.
Opportunities are nurtured for learners and educators to explore and examine their own values.
The educator's primary roles include setting suitable experiences, posing problems, setting boundaries, supporting learners, insuring physical and emotional safety, and facilitating the learning process.
The educator recognizes and encourages spontaneous opportunities for learning. (adapted from Association of Experiential Education, https://aee.org/about)