Learning to Learn from Experience

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SUNY Press, 1984 - Psychology - 245 pages
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Our success in life and living depends largely on our ability to learn from experience. Direct contact with things and persons affects every facet of our lives--behavior, perception, autonomy and creativity.

This overview of experiential learning explores the process of learning from experience, showing how it affects one's personality and offers means to cope with feelings of powerlessness and insignificance. The book describes the conditions under which experiential learning results in personal growth and those in which growth is inhibited. It shows how we test the validity of our interpretations and how we resist such tests.

Learning to Learn from Experience examines the learning process in various types of social relationships. It shows how learning in large groups differs from that in intimate circles. Finally it illustrates the interrelationships between experiential and academic learning.

This book also provides a wealth of practical strategies and tools enabling the reader to prepare for useful experiential learning.
 

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Contents

Learning and the Struggle to Be
3
LEARNING To BE A SIGNIFICANT PERSON
5
A HUMANISTIC VIEW
17
The Four Kinds of Experiential Learning
28
A MODEL OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
39
APPLYING THE MODEL
54
Mapping Experience
61
Resistance To Learning
76
STYLE
140
SEEING A PATTERN
148
DOUBTING THAT WE CAN KNOW
153
Learning and Life in the Organization
160
Some Strategies and Tools
175
Active and Passive Experiencing
177
ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
178
CLEANSING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION
189

Learning In Three Areas of Life
89
Changing Our Emotions
91
EMOTIONS FEELINGS AND JUDGMENTS
92
FUNCTIONAL AND DYSFUNCTIONAL EMOTIONS
101
Learning to Know Other Persons
109
EMPATHIC KNOWING
114
IMAGES
133
Different Ways People Learn
194
BASIC SKILLS IN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
200
CREATING A PROFILE OF YOUR SKILLS
208
The Journal as a Tool in Experiential Learning
217
Notes
233
Index
243
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About the author (1984)

Edward Cell is Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Philosophy Program at Sangamon State University, Illinois, where he led an extensive revision of the Program for Self-Directed and Interdisciplinary Studies. A former Program Officer for the Division of Education of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he is the author of Understanding Oneself and Others: Epistemology of Personal Knowledge, as well as books on philosophy and religion.

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