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EDU587: Adult Learning and Development

EDU587: Week 2 – Assignment

Week 2 – Assignment

Experiential Learning

[WLO: 3] [CLOs: 1, 2]

As you read this week, Kolb noted that experiential learning is the process of learning through experiences. It is typically defined as learning though reflection on doing. More specifically, Kolb notes this as a cycle of four elements. The cycle begins with an experience that the student has had, followed by an opportunity to reflect on that experience. Then students may conceptualize and draw conclusions about what they experienced and observed, leading to future actions in which the students experiment with different behaviors. Before beginning on this assignment read Chapters 3 and 6 in your course textbook and the article “Learning Styles and Learning Spaces: Enhancing Experiential Learning in Higher Education.”

Identify two discussions, assignments, or activities from the ENG121 Course Guide  download  that directly illustrate or can be explained with reference to experiential learning. (These discussions, assignments, and/or activities may be ones you used in last week’s assignment—and they may be used use again in subsequent weeks—or you may use different examples for different weeks.)

  • Describe briefly each discussion, assignment, or activity, including the name and week from where these items were selected.
  • Analyze how the discussions, assignments, or activities exemplify, or can be explained in terms of experiential learning.
  • Discuss the connection between the identified discussions, assignments or activities and Kolb’s Learning Styles. (Do the activities support any, some, or all of the following learning style preferences? If so how, if not why not?)
    • Activist: want practical tasks and very little theory.
    • Theorists: want handouts, something to take away and study.
    • Reflectors: want lots of breaks to go off and read and discuss.
    • Pragmatists: want shortcuts and tips.
  • Explain learning style theory with reference to the selected components of the course and offer suggestions on how the discussion, assignment, or activity could have better applied this concept if you find less-than-adequate evidence of an identifiable application of learning styles theory.

The paper

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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