Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is no new concept, however over the past 40 years there has been an increasing amount of research undertaken to better understand the benefits for this style of learning. Dr David Kolb, the foremost expert on experiential learning, defines it as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience”. 

Industry research shows us time and time again that school students who have access to diverse and enriching experiential learning opportunities benefit in some of the following ways – 

  1. Increased levels of confidence, maturity, and self-awareness
  2. Improved problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills
  3. Further developed empathy, leadership skills & cultural understanding
  4. Increased levels of motivation and engagement whilst encouraging self-directed learning
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Kolb’s experiential learning style theory is typically represented by a four-stage learning cycle in which the learner ‘touches all the bases’.