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Experiential learning strategies make it possible for training to resemble a learner's work environment. This capacity has proven to yield greater understanding, retention, and application on the job than training approaches that are removed from the real world.

The Handbook of Experiential Learning is a comprehensive resource that draws together contemporary thought and practice on a wide range of experiential learning applications from the best-known authorities on the topic. In this collaborative work, editor Mel Silberman—experiential learning guru and creator of the renowned Active Training method—draws together the most recent thought and practice on a wide gamut of experiential learning applications from the leading experts in the field including:

  • Games and simulations
  • Action learning
  • Role play and Improv
  • Storytelling
  • Adventure activity
  • Reflective practice
  • Creative play

It also describes the use of experiential learning in topics such as technical skills, leadership, team building, diversity and cross-cultural training, and emotional intelligence.

The Handbook of Experiential Learning also reviews the basics of experiential learning, discusses the recent advances and outlines contemporary practices,'and shows why experiential learning is a proven and effective model for development.

In addition, The Handbook is filled with illustrative cases and practical examples of experiential learning in both traditional and emerging settings, with substantial guidance offered by the contributors on recognizing and designing learning rich experiences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787982584
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/30/2007
  • Series: Essential Knowledge Resource Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Mel Silberman is professor emeritus of adult and organizational development at Temple University, where he received its Great Teacher Award. He is also president of Active Training in Princeton, New Jersey, a consulting firm that provides courses on active training techniques, interpersonal intelligence, and team facilitation. He is the author and editor of more than 30 books, including Active Training, 101 Ways to Make Training Active, and The Best of Active Training all by Pfeiffer.

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Table of Contents

Introducing The Handbook of Experiential Learning 1


Chapter 1 Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Through Experiential Activity 13
Mel Silberman

Chapter 2 Theoretical Foundations of Experiential Learning 33
Stephen Fiore, David Metcalf, and Rudy McDaniel

Chapter 3 Dynamic Debriefing 59
Roger Greenaway


Chapter 4 Experiential Simulations: Ten Secrets for Creating Training Success 83
Garry Shirts

Chapter 5 Action Learning: Resolving Real Problems in Real Time 94
Michael Marquardt

Chapter 6 Junkyard Sports: Learning Through Creative Play 111
Bernie DeKoven

Chapter 7 Learning Games: Hands-On Participant-Centered Activities 124
Lorraine Ukens

Chapter 8 Computer-Based Simulations: Principles of Engagement 138
Clark Quinn

Chapter 9 Improv: Its Contribution to the Art of Experiential Training 155
Kat Koppett

Chapter 10 Adventure Learning: Choose the Right Peak 172
Mark Lord

Chapter 11 Role Play: Principles to Increase Effectiveness 185
Les Lauber

Chapter 12 Storytelling: Its Role in Experiential Learning 202
Terrence Gargiulo

Chapter 13 Reflective Practice: Learning from Real-World Experience 224
Brian Remer


Chapter 14 Experiential Learning and Technical Training 241
Sivasailam Thiagarajan

Chapter 15 Experiential Learning in Team Training 256
Kevin Eikenberry

Chapter 16 Experiential Learning in Interpersonal Skills Development 272
Mel Silberman

Chapter 17 Experiential Learning in Diversity Training 288
Julie O’Mara

Chapter 18 Experiential Learning in Leadership Development 306
Ellen Van Velsor and Joan Gurvis

Chapter 19 Experiential Learning in Change Management 321
James Chisholm and Greg Warman

Chapter 20 Experiential Learning in Intercultural Training 341
Sandra Fowler and Judith Blohm

Chapter 21 Experiential Learning in Emotional Intelligence Training 360
Marcia Hughes

Index 375

Pfeiffer Publication Guide 387

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