November 21, 2005

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning (also called hands on learning, learning by doing) is found in all levels of schooling seeking better ways of engaging students. Many alternative programs use the philosophy of experiential learning as a foundation. A considerable body of research supports experiential approaches for achieving the broad aims of education as well as basic skill acquisition.

Several sources of information provide definitions, research, practices, examples and other useful data. The Association for Experiential Education and the National Society for Experiential Education are fine sites for further information.
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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

November 11, 2004

Free Choice Learning

Adults and children are spending more and more of their time learning, but not just in classrooms or on the job through free-choice learning at home, after work and on weekends. Free-choice learning is an essential component of lifelong learning. The Institute for Learning Innovation researches and promotes free choice learning, an exciting, efficient and self-motivating form of learning for many settings. Unfortunately, its power is largely ignored by our institutions of learning because it is revelatively unstudied.

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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 05:45 PM

September 13, 2003

Lifelong Learning

There has been a growing movement to reinvent how people learn and how young people are introduced into society. Homeschooling, charter schools, cyberschools, unschooling, life-long learning, Waldorf schools, and Sudbury schools are just a few of the elements of this movement. Life-long learning has been promoted by management guru Peter Drucker in "Post Capitalist Society" on one end of the spectrum and, on the other end, by Elise Boulding in "Building Global Civic Culture," and by many scholars in between. The bottom line in this movement is to provide the freedom, opportunity and resources for self-learners of all ages, with their families and in community, to choose to learn what they want, when they want and how they want. In spite of the rapid growth of this movement, it has drawn little positive attention from governments. Learn more about the strategies of the self-learning movement.

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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 11:13 AM