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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 book, volume editor and leading experiential learning expert, Mel Silberman presents a contemporary review of experiential learning in the workplace complete with models, applications, and innovative uses. The handbook covers a broad range of experiential learning methods including:

  • Games and simulations
  • Action learning
  • Role-play and Improv
  • Story-telling
  • 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.

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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.


Chapter 1: Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Through Experiential Activity (Mel Silberman).

Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundations of Experiential Learning (Stephen Fiore, David Metcalf, and Rudy McDaniel).

Chapter 3: Dynamic Debriefing (Roger Greenaway).


Chapter 4: Experiential Simulations: Ten Secrets for Creating Training Success (Garry Shirts).

Chapter 5: Action Learning: Resolving Real Problems in Real Time (Michael Marquardt).

Chapter 6: Junkyard Sports: Learning Through Creative Play (Bernie DeKoven).

Chapter 7: Learning Games: Hands-On Participant-Centered Activities (Lorraine Ukens).

Chapter 8: Computer-Based Simulations: Principles of Engagement (Clark Quinn).

Chapter 9: Improv: Its Contribution to the Art of Experiential Training (Kat Koppett).

Chapter 10: Adventure Learning: Choose the Right Peak (Mark Lord).

Chapter 11: Role Play: Principles to Increase Effectiveness (Les Lauber).

Chapter 12: Storytelling: Its Role in Experiential Learning (Terrence Gargiulo).

Chapter 13: Reflective Practice: Learning from Real-World Experience (Brian Remer).


Chapter 14: Experiential Learning and Technical Training (Sivasailam Thiagarajan).

Chapter 15: Experiential Learning in Team Training (Kevin Eikenberry).

Chapter 16: Experiential Learning in Interpersonal Skills Development (Mel Silberman).

Chapter 17: Experiential Learning in Diversity Training (Julie O’Mara).

Chapter 18: Experiential Learning in Leadership Development (Ellen Van Velsor and Joan Gurvis).

Chapter 19: Experiential Learning in Change Management (James Chisholm and Greg Warman)

Chapter 20: Experiential Learning in Intercultural Training (Sandra Fowler and Judith Blohm).

Chapter 21: Experiential Learning in Emotional Intelligence Training (Marcia Hughes).


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