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Why Experiential Learning is the Only Way Forward?

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Riya Pathak
18 days ago
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Why Experiential Learning is the Only Way Forward?

       

Experiential learning as the name suggests is learning by doing. It's through experiencing concepts in day-to-day life that makes one acknowledge the benefits of experiential learning. With the help of experiential learning, a child gets a better look at the curriculum and course material they have been provided with. It showcases a big picture of the world, which is generally narrowed down due to rote learning. 

Experiential learning helps a child get an in-depth insight into their talents and weaknesses, which can be gradually strengthened and reduced respectively. Handsome opportunities and leadership/21st-century skills are easily achievable if a child treads on the road of experiential learning.

Experiential learning can be better understood by an influential theory given by David Kolb, an American educational theorist. According to Kolb, experiential learning takes place in a 4 stage cycle: 

1) Concrete learning, 

2) Reflective observation, 

3) Abstract conceptualization and 

4) Active experimentation

 

In concrete learning, the learner encounters a fresh concept or improves on the exciting experience. In the stage of reflective observation, the learner reflects on the experience with a personal touch. In the abstract conceptualization stage, the learner forms new abstract ideas or modifies existing ideas. In the last stage, the learner applies new ideas to their surroundings and notices any modification which is needed in the next stage of experience. 

 

Earth


 

To highlight the importance of experiential learning, Ezyschooling conducted a panel discussion on “Why Experiential Learning is the Only Way Forward”. The session was attended by the following expert panelists:

 

  • Ms. Gitanjali Dutta, Chief Advisor of Mothers' Mount group of schools, Gurugram 
  • Ms. Meenakshi Mehra, Principal of Sri Chaitanya Techno School, Bangalore
  • Ms. Tarang Gaur, Principal of GAV Public School, Gurgaon
  • Ms. Moupia William, Principal of Techno India Group School, Midnapore
  • Dr. Beno Kurein, Principal of International Indian School, Abu Dhabi 
  • Mr. Ashutosh Jhureley, Co-founder of Moonshot Jr

 

Check out: The impact of experiential learning on the students        

 

Understanding the Essence of Experiential Learning

 

By experiencing theoretical ideas one not only enhances critical and logical thinking but also paves the way to a better understanding of tasks related to the idea i.e. additional knowledge on diverse topics is acquired. 

Experiential learning helps a child get a closer look at real-life challenges and this way they accept their mistakes more willingly than they otherwise would. 

As Dr. Beno Kurein mentioned, “It’s all about doing, reflecting, redoing, and modifying. There is no endpoint to this.”

 

Child playing

 

 

Experiential learning has always been there as can be surmised through Mr. Ashutosh Jhureley's statement, “It’s just a glamorous name given to an old concept. It's nothing new but just the way you do things naturally. Evaluation-based or Academic Learning takes place within students’ intellect but Experiential Learning takes place in students natural environment, it helps develop Cognitive Flexibility”

 

Kid looking at sky

 

 

You might also like to read: What is the Hybrid Learning Model of Education?

 

Methods that schools are using to implement Experiential Learning during online classes

 

Schools and teachers have been continuously adapting themselves to these changing times. As Ms. Tarang Gaur pointed out, “B.Ed/M.Ed is not sufficient nowadays, teachers have to be technology savvy to become a better education provider.” 

Teachers have been constantly adapting to new technological innovations so that they can habituate well with the era of experiential learning. And to cultivate this stellar idea of experiential learning, schools follow the given methods:

 

  • Drills for physical skill development
  • Classroom games that involve interactions among students and mentors
  • Online internships and workshops for hands-on simulation
  • Study tours to parks, gardens, historical monuments, and other places of learning
  • Debates and role-playing
  • The technique of gamification, the inclusion of scores, and badges

 


Teacher

 

 

Apart from schools, there are many programs and online platforms that help teach kids the experiential way of learning. A prominent example is Moonshot Jr. 

Moonshot Jr’s Innovator Program, designed for children aged 10-17, is an educational program that empowers and nurtures them to become future innovators and entrepreneurs. It incorporates Outcome-focused learning based on interest, innovative thinking, and knowledge of STEAM and hands-on entrepreneurial training.

 

Also read: Futuristic Education- The new approach to learning

 

Is Experiential Learning just a trend or will it be used even in the future?

 

Experiential learning touches the 3 most important aspects of the development area of a child. It brings about holistic growth by enhancing the power of Cognition, Affection, and Psychomotor abilities. 

Improvement in cognition brings about critical and logical thinking; affection is enhanced by social relations and balances; psychomotor skills are developed through hands-on experience.  Our panel guest, Ms. Moupia William expressed that “Experiential learning was there, is there, and will always be there.”

Through these abilities, a child’s development takes a holistic route. Experiential learning helps in improving 21st-century skills like public speaking, coding, and due to its flexible nature, it can be practiced anywhere. Thus it makes it more than a trend and it’s sure to be present in the future as well.

 

Communication skills


 

Is there any improvement in children due to Experiential Learning?

 

No doubt experiential learning helps a child in numerous ways. It is not just a theoretical concept but a way of learning which we all need to rigorously acknowledge and execute to make children future-ready. 

As Ms. Gitanjali Dutta says “Children through experiential learning, start thinking out of the box. They make independent decisions by applying tools in a real-life situation.” 

 

Listed here are few benefits that children gain from becoming experiential learners:

 

  • Children start applying knowledge in real-life scenarios
  • Children become adept at communication skills and teamwork
  • Improvement in life skills comes as an added advantage
  • Enhances motivation to learn new things
  • Overall improvement in cognitive abilities 
  • Fine development of motor and physical abilities

 

Cognitive skills

 

 

And in fact, technology is also paving new ways to incorporate experiential learning in childrens’ life. This was acknowledged by Ms. Meenakshi Mehra when she said, “Technology has been the backbone of experiential learning throughout online education.”

 

coding skills

 

 Final views on Experiential Learning

 

Experiential learning helps children improve by accepting their flaws and working on making them more well-rounded individuals. In this process, they grow holistically by enhancing their skills and knowledge in different day-to-day life activities as well as the theoretical ideas present in their book. This problem-solving technique will take a child to new heights.

 


Clarification

This article has been reviewed by our panel. The points, views and suggestions put forth in this article have been expressed keeping the best interests of fellow parents in mind. We hope you found the article beneficial.
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