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Experiential Education: Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 124

Experiential Education: Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 124

Donna M. Qualters (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-94505-6

Jan 2011, Jossey-Bass

128 pages

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Educators at the cutting edge of the experiential learning movement share their insights and experiences at colleges and universities nationwide

This book provides college faculty and administrators with strategies for the successful design, construction, funding, and assessment of experiential education. Featuring edited contributions written by educators at the leading edge of the experiential education movement nationwide, it addresses the realities of experiential education while providing detailed descriptions of everything from the design of individual courses to entire programs. The authors weigh the various pros and cons of the experiential approach, and they offer pointers on how to engage colleagues and stakeholders to help them understand the manifold benefits of the approach.

EDITOR'S NOTES (Donna M. Qualters).

1. Forms and Issues in Experiential Learning (David Thornton Moore)
This chapter identifies the major forms of experiential education in terms of their institutional settings, core educational practices, and constituencies, while addressing where experience fi ts in the academy's educational mission.

2. Community-Based Learning and Research (Elise Dallimore, David A. Rochefort, Kristen Simonelli)
Community-based learning and research enhances individual learning experiences, and the culture and curriculum of an institution. With a focus on administrative structure and classroom-based models, the authors address what is necessary to implement service-learning and community-based research.

3. Learning Abroad (Lori Gardinier, Dawn Colquitt-Anderson)
This chapter discusses the internationalization of higher education and the models for education abroad. The authors address the specifi c challenges these programs face and provide strategies for overcoming them.

4. Demystifying Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts (Nancy Kindelan)
This chapter discusses the intersection of performing arts, liberal arts, and experiential education through an exploration of operational and value-focused skills and active and intentional learning, as well as the application of these in a performing arts student’s capstone project.

5. Work-Based Learning: Valuing Practice as an Educational Event (Joseph A. Raelin)
This chapter explains work-based learning and offers practical guidelines to teach and assess learning of this nature. The author emphasizes the importance of and strategies for effective refl ective practice.

6. Empowering Reflective Ethical Engagement in Field Settings (Perrin Cohen)
This chapter explores some of the ethical challenges faced by students in experiential education and provides strategies for teachers, supervisors, and administrators to assist students in gaining the skills and practices necessary to deal with such challenges.

7. Bringing the Outside In: Assessing Experiential Education (Donna M. Qualters)
This chapter challenges a negative view of assessment and explains the value of assessment to an experiential learning program. The author provides practical methods and models for involving faculty and measuring student learning.

8. Growing and Funding Experiential Learning Programs: A Recipe for Success (Monica R. Cowart)
This chapter outlines how a college or university with limited fi nancial resources can best utilize internal and external resources to launch a new experiential learning program or enhance an existing one.

9. Campus Stories: Three Case Studies
In this chapter, three different sets of authors refl ect on their experiences in creating or developing experiential learning programs.

Part A: Institutionalizing Pedagogical Change: A Case Study in Building a Learning Organization (Victoria A. Farrar-Myers, Dana Dunn)
This case study examines the lessons learned from the University of Texas at Arlington experience in developing and designing a strategic plan including active learning and experiential education.

Part B: The Odyssey Program at Hendrix College (Nancy P. Fleming, Mark S. Schantz)
The authors share the factors that contributed to the success of an experiential learning program at a small liberal arts college, and examine the consequences for students, faculty, staff, and the institution as a whole.

Part C: Putting Experiential Education into Practice: Using Kolb as a Learning Model for Implementing Organizational Change (James R. Johnson, Ronald J. Kovach, Patricia N. Roberson)
David A. Kolb's Experiential Learning Model provides the organizational change methodology for the implementation of innovative graduation requirements in experiential education at Purdue University Calumet.

10. Experiencing Success: Some Strategies for Planning the Program (Timothy Donovan, Richard Porter, James Stellar)
Drawing from their own experiential learning, the authors provide strategies for preparing an experiential education program and coping with the numerous challenges faced in developing this type of programming.

11. Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom (Donna M. Qualters)
This chapter describes the importance of developing the skill of deep refl ection and calls for the establishment of a refl ective curriculum strand to promote learning in the fi eld.