Growth through Experience
Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience, i.e., “learning from experience”. Experiential learning is learning through reflection on doing, which is often contrasted with rote or didactic learning. An example of experiential learning is going to the zoo and learning through observation and interaction with the zoo environment, as opposed to reading about animals from a book. Thus, one makes discoveries and experiments with knowledge firsthand, instead of hearing or reading about others’ experiences. David A. Kolb helped to popularize the idea of experiential learning and his and his work on experiential learning has contributed greatly to expanding the philosophy of experiential education.