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Experiential Learning:
Transforming Experience Into Understanding

Traditionally, the American education system has pigeonholed instructors and students into defined roles where teachers serve as knowledge purveyors and learners as passive recipients. In these types of environments, instructors focus more on transferring information to students rather than giving them opportunities to express or practice what they have learned (Kolb and Kolb, 2005).

 

However, as the educational landscape adapts to expanding technology, a new generation of learners, and the evolving needs of employers, many instructors have opted to give students a more active role in the learning process. One of the best ways teachers can promote engagement and interactivity is through experiential learning, a process the renowned educational reformer John Dewey described as a “theory of experience” (Kolb and Kolb, 2005).

 

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