Experiential Education


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The principles of experiential education practice are:

  • > Learning occurs when carefully chosen activities are supported by reflection, critical analysis and synthesis.
  • > Throughout the process, the learner is actively engaged in posing questions, experimenting, solving problems, assuming responsibility, being creative, and constructing meaning.
  • > Learners are engaged on many levels: intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.
  • > Relationships are both developed and nurtured: learner to self, learner to others and learner to the world at large.
  • > Opportunities are nurtured for learners to explore and examine their own values.
  • > The trainer’s primary roles include structuring an intentionally sequenced flow of activities, setting boundaries, supporting learners, insuring physical and emotional safety, and facilitating the reflection process.
  • > The trainer also recognizes and encourages spontaneous opportunities for learning.

Adapted from the Association for Experiential Education