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The term “experiential learning” is above all about each participant’s learning process, which is influenced by factors such as the unique situation of each individual and environmental contexts in which learning takes place.
Precisely because of its attention to individual meaning-making in the learning process, experiential learning is a crucial part of our teaching philosophy at custom programs. Telling participants how to carry out a task or manage a process is a start. However, to generate deep comprehension, we prefer to create an opportunity for them to experience these tasks and processes themselves. Through experiencing, learners have the chance to notice, react to, and deeply absorb the various dimensions of a process or practice. This knowledge doesn’t come for free—participants have to be ready to work! Active engagement, ability to reflect, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills are critical for learners to benefit fully and apply new knowledge into the contexts of their own lives and work (Kolb 1984). However, they are rewarded with a powerful toolkit and the know-how to employ it.
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