"I think it is wonderful and
important what you are offering."
Alice Kolb Ph.D, August 2020
The experiential theory proposed by psychologist David Kolb (1984) takes a more holistic approach and emphasises how experiences, including cognition, environmental factors and emotions, influence the learning process.
With experiential learning, children are given the opportunity to apply data and ideas in a real-world situation where they play an active role. As the child interacts with the information, it becomes real to them
Children have the opportunity to be more creative
Experiential learning is one of the best ways to teach creative problem-solving. With real-world content, children learn that there are multiple solutions to challenges, and they are encouraged to seek their unique solution to hands-on tasks.
Children have the opportunity to reflect
By incorporating concrete experiences with abstract concepts, and then reflecting on the outcome, children engage more regions of their brain and make stronger connections with the material. They are encouraged to analyse how their actions affected the issue, and how their outcome may have varied from others. This analysis helps them better understand how the concepts learned can be applied to other, varied circumstances
As children engage in hands-on tasks, they will find some approaches work better than others. They discard the methods that don’t work, but the act of trying something and then abandoning it – ordinarily considered a “mistake” – becomes a valuable part of the learning process. Children learn not to fear mistakes, but to value them
Experiential learning is designed to engage children's emotions as well as enhancing their knowledge and skills. Playing an active role in the learning process can lead to children improving their confidence and enjoying the learning process more