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What does it mean when they don't seem to learn from experience?

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In this paper we use an example of when students appear not to have learnt from their experience to examine some of the 'orthodoxies' of experiential education. This frames a discussion exploring how it is possible for a teacher to declare that students have got it 'wrong' in relation to learning from experience. It is argued that both learning through experience and who has experiences is viewed through specific forms of reason within contemporary experiential education. The paper concludes with a challenge to open reason up to greater scrutiny in experiential education and consider the possibilities that emerge through the indeterminacy of relationships inherent in experience and education.

Keywords: experiential education; learning processes; reflection

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Monash University, Australia

Publication date: 2009-06-01

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