Experiential Learning

Ati Wimmer + Alexis Lahana

Experiential Learning Cycle

1) Concrete Experience - "Do." Learner actively experience an activity. (Example: lab session).

2) Reflective Observation - "Observe." Learner consciously reflects back on the experience.

3) Abstract Conceptualization - "Think." Learner attempts to conceptually understand a theory or model.

4) Active Experimentation - "Plan." Learner is trying to plan how to test a model or theory.


  • Evolved as a part of the humanistic education movement.
  • Emphasis on the inclusion of feelings and emotions in education.
  • Teachers serve as facilitators of learning.
Personal Thoughts on Teaching and Learning - Carl Rogers


1) Significant learning takes place when the subject matter is relevant to the personal interest of the student.

2) Learning which is threatening to the self (opinions that are questioned) are more easily assimilated when external threats are at a minimum.

3) Learning proceeds faster when the threat to self is low.

4) Self-initiated learning is the most lasting and pervasive.

Characteristics of a True Facilitator

1) Realness - the instructor should be aware of his/her own feelings & communicate them in classroom content.

2) Prizing the learner - acceptance and trust of each individual student.

3) Empathetic understanding - ability to understand students reactions from the inside.