Disadvantages Of Experiential Learning

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Experiential Learning is a powerful form of learning. As stated by Lewis and Williams “In its simplest form, experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.” (1994, p.5). Learning through experience is something that each one of us do in our daily lives, often on a subconscious level. Rather than reading, viewing or thinking of how to do something with experiential learning we can learn by doing. Traditional teaching or training may not always be the best way for all students in both the educational setting or corporate setting to learn. Often when you use reading a book, or listening to a lecture the…show more content…
Intentions should be clear from the onset.
2. Preparedness and Planning should ensure that you enter the experience with a foundation to support a successful experience.
3. The experience should have a real-world content or be useful and meaningful
4. Reflection to transform the simple experience to a learning experience

As with any method of learning, Experiential Learning has advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of Experiential Learning may include but are not limited to:
1. Provides motivation to learn by active contribution.
2. Activities leave a long-lasting impression.
3. Experience allows for better recall.
4. Transfer of knowledge.
5. Use of multiple senses.
6. Students can learn life skills that will be used over and over.
Disadvantages of Experiential Learning may include but are not limited to:
1. Required patience and guidance by the teacher/leader
2. Often you may have more than one right answer
3. May cause loss of focus if student does not stay on task
4. Learning outcomes are not

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