The Power of Experiential Learning: A Handbook for Trainers and Educators

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Kogan Page, 2002 - Business & Economics - 261 pages
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Experiential learning is developing as a serious academic discipline and as a proven staff development technique. This handbook pulls together for the first time both the theory and practice of this wide-ranging approach that covers all types of learning that employs activity-based experience. Covering outdoor training, office based learning activities and the wide range of unusual techniques now being used on both sides of the Atlantic (using actors in training sessions, the structured use of reflection in the training and development cycle etc) the book offers both a though theoretical under-pinning and detailed practical advice often pulled from workshop material.

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Colin Beard is recognized as a leading writer, thinker and practitioner on experiential learning. Originally training as a zoologist, Colin has a PhD in experiential learning and is the co-author and author of a number of best-selling books including The Power of Experiential Learning: A handbook for educators and trainers (2002): Experiential learning: A best practice handbook for trainers and educators (both published by Kogan Page), and Experiential Learning: A Toolkit for Educators and Trainers, Blending Practice with Concepts, Kogan Page (June 2010). He has extensive experience of a range of experiential fields of practice, including corporate learning and development, public and voluntary sector experience, outdoor learning, adventure education, nature therapy, and higher education.Colin has for many years worked with leading global companies advising and consulting on learning and development matters, particularly in the UK, Singapore, China and India. He is also a National teaching Fellow in the UK and a visiting professor at two leading Chinese Universities. He is a member of the editorial panel of a number of leading journals. Book reviews include:The Journal Of Experiential Education: The authors, who are housed in academia and industry, have brought the two worlds together in these pages, splitting the book equally between theory and practice. Theory and practice are supported by vignettes and practical suggestions on how both can be applied. The result is a text that makes a persuasive argument for experiential learning that takes us beyond the usual definitions and arguments.The result is an important contribution to our field. The book chronicles an existing body of work, thus retaining old favourites, and introduces new ones while stretching the boundaries of how we can use them. Both practical and grounded in solid and varied theory, it will benefit practitioners, academics, and students alike.Personnel Today: Wow! Mind-blowing stuff. It's going to be some time before I stop enthusing about this book. This is a must for all development practitioners, educators, trainers, and facilitators alike. A very worthwhile investment at under 25.It opens with a simple conceptual framework, known as the 'learning combination lock', which seems so obvious one wonders why it hasn't been thought of before. Suddenly, every feasible learning scenario seems to be encapsulated into an easy-to-understand diagnostic tool, invaluable for overcoming the challenges and obstacles faced by all development practitioners.The book is surprisingly accessible. It is a meticulously researched technical work, skilfully enmeshing references to avoid interrupting the flow. The extent of the reference section is quite unusual for a handbook, with a summary of the tantalising snippets taking up 16 pages at the end of the book. This lends it significant credibility.

John P Wilson is a researcher and consultant with 40 years' experience in education and training, including teaching from nursery education to PhD supervision. He also has extensive experience working with a range of international organizations including: the armed forces; aviation; civil service; banking; engineering; healthcare; international development; justice; manufacturing; media; nuclear power generation; national pensions and investment; oil; telecommunications and transportation. He currently teaches at the University of Oxford and the University of Sheffield.

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