Readings on experiential learning

Quick Reads

David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle: Fundamentals of Kolb’s theory of experiential learning, including his Cycle of Experiential Learning.

University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence: Experiential Learning

In-depth Reads

Dewey, J. (1938). Experience & Education. New York, NY: Kappa Delta Pi.

  • The “pre-eminent educational theorist of the twentieth century,” John Dewey analyzes “traditional” and “progressive” education in relation to the philosophy of experience.

Kolb, D.A. (1984). Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentrice-Hall.

  • Kolb explores the underlying structures of the learning process. He builds on his structural model, considering individual approaches to learning and structures of knowledge.

Moon, J.A. (2004). A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. Abingdon, Oxon: RoutledgeFalmer.

  • Moon explores a variety of approaches to reflective and experiential learning within an theoretical framework for learning. Additionally, practical ideas for application are included.

Schön, D.A. (1987). Educating the Reflective Practitioner: Toward a New Design for Teaching and Learning in the Professions. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • Reflection in action. Schön discusses learners engaging in “reflective conversations” with challenging teaching situations.

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