Beyond Learning by Doing: Theoretical Currents in Experiential Education

Beyond Learning by Doing: Theoretical Currents in Experiential Education

by Jay W. Roberts
ISBN-10:
0415882087
ISBN-13:
9780415882088
Pub. Date:
10/29/2011
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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Overview

Beyond Learning by Doing: Theoretical Currents in Experiential Education

What is experiential education? What are its theoretical roots? Where does this approach come from? Offering a fresh and distinctive take, this book is about going beyond "learning by doing" through an exploration of its underlying theoretical currents.

As an increasingly popular pedagogical approach, experiential education encompasses a variety of curriculum projects from outdoor and environmental education to service learning and place-based education. While each of these sub-fields has its own history and particular approach, they draw from the same progressive intellectual taproot. Each, in its own way, evokes the power of "learning by doing" and "direct experience" in the educational process. By unpacking the assumed homogeneity in these terms to reveal the underlying diversity of perspectives inherent in their usage, this book allows readers to see how the approaches connect to larger conversations and histories in education and social theory, placing experiential education in social and historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415882088
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/29/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 938,056
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1: Introduction: The River of Experience

2: Headwaters: From Experience to Experiential Education

3: Experience and the Individual: The Romantic Current

4: Experience and the Social: The Pragmatist Current

5: Experience and the Political: The Critical Current

6: Experience and the Market: The Normative Current

7: Experience and Democracy: The Hopeful Current

Afterword

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