Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development
Could fit advanced theories of learning seminars on Adult Education or Staff Development.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
An indispensible and seminal text!!,
This review is from: Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development (Paperback)Kolb's "Experiential Learning" is a masterpiece. In it, he deftly synthesizes the strands of learning theory and psychological research that inform his 4 stage learning cycle. All committed "experiential educators" should consult this book in order more deeply to understand the deep and rich conceptual foundation(s) of our potent pedagogical practice. In his "Foreword" to the volume, Leadership guru Warren Bennis positively hyperventilates in applauding Kolb's achievement in this work. And for good reason! From thence comes Kolb's elegant & powerful "Learning Styles Inventory" (or LSI), among other things. Even if you're a cynic or skeptic re: the merit of experiential education, you would do well to peruse this tour-de-force in order better to appreciate what you may be missing.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Definitive referenced work on experiential learning,
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This review is from: Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development (Paperback)Not everyone is interested in a referenced text. This is not your sit down and breeze through popular book on a topic. However, if you are interested in understanding the foundation of the field of learning through experience, you absolutely must read, no study, this reference. For those of us who are practitioners, understanding theory is critical and this reference provides the foundation for much of the current work in the learning field. I highly recommend. This book will not go out of date as experiential strategies are not a fade and will not go out of style.
40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Please pass the molasses,
This review is from: Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development (Paperback)When one encounters the word " dialectic" while reading academic texts it should be as a clear signal as a fire to forest ranger that trouble is on the horizon. This statement may be a bit of an exaggeration but it would definitely be accurate to say that Kolb's Experiential Learning is no easy read. Of course, this does not diminish the value of the book, in spite of difficult passages. Ironically, this is the essence of the concept of "dialectic". Liberal doses of psychology are ladled throughout the book as the masters (Piaget, Jung, et. al) are consistently consulted to back up theory. Although not professing to have knowledge about psychology, it is clear that their work is essential to establish the interrelationship between cognition and experiential learning. Theory of learning and the opposing learning styles of apprehension and comprehension are explored. This book is clearly the cure for a stubborn case of insomnia. I can't say that the book is without merit,... Read more
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Table of Contents
I. THE FOUNDATIONS OF CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING.
II. THE PROCESS OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING.
III. STRUCTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE LEARNING PROCESS.
IV. INDIVIDUALITY IN LEARNING AND THE CONCEPT OF LEARNING STYLES.
V. THE STRUCTURE OF KNOWLEDGE.
VI. THE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING THEORY OF DEVELOPMENT.
VII. LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION.
VIII. LIFELONG LEARNING AND INTEGRATIVE DEVELOPMENT.
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