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Experiential learning

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Experiential learning is learning that is based on students being directly involved in a learning experience rather than their being recipients of ready-made content in the form of lectures. It is inductive, action-oriented, and learner centred with emphasis on the process of learning rather than the product. With experiential learning, knowledge is created from the combinations of grasping and transforming experience.

Experiential learning is often viewed as a cyclic five-phase process where: (a) an activity occurs, (b) observations are shared, (c) patterns are determined, (d) inferences and principles are derived, and (e) learning is applied.


Cherry, Kendra. “Experiential Learning; David Kolb’s Theory of Learning.” Psychology. Online:  (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)

Peruniak, Geoffrey S., “Professional Ethics, Role, and the Whole Person.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.124.

University of Waterloo, Centre for Teaching Excellence. “Experiential Learning.” Online: (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)

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