Essay on Experiential Learning And Learning Theory

1520 Words Jul 19th, 2015 7 Pages
One of the most important tasks of developing training with most beneficial results is to ensure that students retain the necessary knowledge and skills they will need to succeed. Experiential Learning allows students to learn hands on by trying the skills they are being taught in real life scenarios. Experiential Learning is learning that is taking place because the learner has actually experienced the tasks or activities he or she is trying to learn (Yardley, Teunissen, & Dornan, 2012). For example, the learner is trying to learn how to weld a piece of steel to another piece of steel. The instructor gives the learner a welder, welding rod, and two pieces of steel. Then the instructor has the learner start welding the two pieces of steel together. The instructor will facilitate and instruct the learner while the task is taking place. This exercise will help the learner retain the required knowledge while experiencing a real life task. Kolb, the founder of experiential learning theory, developed this learning theory to help learners better retain knowledge through experiencing task in a real life setting. Theories presented by Dewey, Piaget, and Lewis were the foundation of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory (Chan, 2012). Dewey (1938) proposes that the nature of experience is continuous and the experiential learning process is a fundamental importance to education and adult development. Piaget (1999) emphasizes learning as a lifelong process of discovery, knowledge,…

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