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The Handbook of Experiential Learning

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8258-4
400 pages
March 2007, Pfeiffer
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Description

The Handbook of Experiential Learning is a comprehensive resource that draws together contemporary thought and practice on a wide range of experiential learning applications from the best-known authorities on the topic. In this book, volume editor and leading experiential learning expert, Mel Silberman presents a contemporary review of experiential learning in the workplace complete with models, applications, and innovative uses. The handbook covers a broad range of experiential learning methods including:
  • Games and simulations
  • Action learning
  • Role-play and Improv
  • Story-telling
  • Adventure activity
  • Reflective practice
  • Creative play

It also describes the use of experiential learning in topics such as technical skills, leadership, team building, diversity and cross-cultural training, and emotional intelligence.

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Table of Contents

Introducing The Handbook of Experiential Learning 1

PART I FOUNDATIONS OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING 11

Chapter 1 Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Through Experiential Activity 13
Mel Silberman

Chapter 2 Theoretical Foundations of Experiential Learning 33
Stephen Fiore, David Metcalf, and Rudy McDaniel

Chapter 3 Dynamic Debriefing 59
Roger Greenaway

PART II EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING METHODOLOGIES 81

Chapter 4 Experiential Simulations: Ten Secrets for Creating Training Success 83
Garry Shirts

Chapter 5 Action Learning: Resolving Real Problems in Real Time 94
Michael Marquardt

Chapter 6 Junkyard Sports: Learning Through Creative Play 111
Bernie DeKoven

Chapter 7 Learning Games: Hands-On Participant-Centered Activities 124
Lorraine Ukens

Chapter 8 Computer-Based Simulations: Principles of Engagement 138
Clark Quinn

Chapter 9 Improv: Its Contribution to the Art of Experiential Training 155
Kat Koppett

Chapter 10 Adventure Learning: Choose the Right Peak 172
Mark Lord

Chapter 11 Role Play: Principles to Increase Effectiveness 185
Les Lauber

Chapter 12 Storytelling: Its Role in Experiential Learning 202
Terrence Gargiulo

Chapter 13 Reflective Practice: Learning from Real-World Experience 224
Brian Remer

PART III TRAINING APPLICATIONS OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING 239

Chapter 14 Experiential Learning and Technical Training 241
Sivasailam Thiagarajan

Chapter 15 Experiential Learning in Team Training 256
Kevin Eikenberry

Chapter 16 Experiential Learning in Interpersonal Skills Development 272
Mel Silberman

Chapter 17 Experiential Learning in Diversity Training 288
Julie O’Mara

Chapter 18 Experiential Learning in Leadership Development 306
Ellen Van Velsor and Joan Gurvis

Chapter 19 Experiential Learning in Change Management 321
James Chisholm and Greg Warman

Chapter 20 Experiential Learning in Intercultural Training 341
Sandra Fowler and Judith Blohm

Chapter 21 Experiential Learning in Emotional Intelligence Training 360
Marcia Hughes

Index 375

Pfeiffer Publication Guide 387

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Author Information

Mel Silberman is professor emeritus of adult and organizational development at Temple University, where he received its Great Teacher Award. He is also president of Active Training in Princeton, New Jersey, a consulting firm that provides courses on active training techniques, interpersonal intelligence, and team facilitation. He is the author and editor of more than 30 books, including Active Training, 101 Ways to Make Training Active, and The Best of Active Training all by Pfeiffer.
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New to This Edition

  • Presents a review of experiential learning and discusses the advances made, and contemporary practices.
  • Offers a method as a proven and effective model for development.
  • Includes cases, and practical examples of experiential learning in action in traditional settings and the emerging, online environment, and guidance on recognizing and designing learning rich experiences.
  • Focuses on the critical phases of processing: sharing thoughts and feelings, reflection, conceptual modeling, and learning application. 
  • Part One presents a review of experiential learning, discusses the advances made, outlines contemporary practices, and makes the case for the method as a proven and effective model for development.
  • Part Two offers cases, and practical examples of experiential learning in action in both traditional settings and the emerging, online enironment, and guidance on recognizing and designing learning rich experiences.
  • Part Three focuses on the critical phases of processing: sharing thoughts and feelings, reflection, conceptual modeling, and learning application. 
  • Sample topics include: The theoretical underpinnings of experiential; replicating actual work environments; action learning assignments; realistic and metaphoric games and simulations; experiential “jolts”;debrief models; learning styles and experiential learning; experiential methodologies and experiential e-learning.
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