Experiential Learning – A Best Practice Handbook for Educators and Trainer

Experiential Learning – A Best Practice Handbook for Educators and Trainers
Authors: Colin Beard and John P Wilson
Price: £24.95
Publisher: Kogan Page
ISBN 0749444894

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True experiential learning is a sophisticated and complex process. It can engage the whole person through thoughts, feelings and physical activity.

In recent years these serious purposes have been submerged under media hype about dangerous outdoor activities.

This new handbook then is timely. Its subtext could be ‘an encyclopaedia of learning styles’ as it looks at how experience pervades all forms of learning.

However, I was slightly disappointed by the quality of the case studies, which I found vague. For example, chapter six promises material on the use of circus and radio, but simply recounts that such events were successful without telling the reader why.

In all though, this is a well-researched book. I relished the breadth of its ideas and the variety of references. Overall, I found it as bracing and uplifting as the natural landscapes it alludes to.

Useful? 4 out of 5
Well-written? 4 out of 5
Value for money? 4 out of 5


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